Manage Your Energy Not Your Time
In our 24×7, 365 day always-on world, some of us could do with another hour a day or another day each week. Our lives are run by online calendars, some of which are managed and populated by others. The daily management of our To Do list is an item on that same list.
While we are bound by the forward arrow of time, the actual passage of time is subjective. A busy weekend with friends can zoom by, with Monday coming around all too soon. If your plane is delayed on the way home from holiday, and you have run out of things to read, time seems to drag on interminably.
There is a key to jumping off the temporal merry-go-round and taking time back under your control. The key is to learn how to manage your energy.
Beings of Energy
We are energetic beings. When we enter a room, we can ‘feel’ if the atmosphere is tense or welcoming. We ‘know’ if we have made a good or bad decision.
The reason for this is that not all thoughts emanate from our brain. Our brain is both a generator and receiver of thought energies. Our internal dialogue and commentary is indeed mostly generated in the outer cortex of the brain. We hardly stop to think though that, if someone is doing the talking in our head, who exactly is doing the listening?
Our verbal thought forms can leak out through our mouths and we can change that atmosphere in a room just by what we say. We can inspire others to be creative or incite people towards negative thoughts and actions. So the energy from our thoughts can easily become a time saver or time waster. Our thought energies alter the energies of others as do even words like these written on a page or on screen.
There are two other types of thought energy that the brain receives. Both are silent and somewhat ethereal.
The first percolate up from the neurology around our gut and heart. It is our heart not our head that tells us if we love, loathe or merely like something. Our gut tells us if we should say yes or no. Both centres do not speak in language though but only in feelings, as they are primitive, yet wise, second and third brains.
They are also great time savers as when we get the energies of our head, heart and gut in alignment, we rarely put a foot wrong. Bizarrely too, they operate a few seconds ahead of our brains and should always be trusted and consulted.
The second type of thought energy that our brain can receive is the light bulb or aha moment. They arrive when we are least expecting them, sometimes when in the shower or when out walking. In less than a second, we can get a whole fully formed idea. If we get one in the middle of the night, we can be compelled to get up and act upon it.
One way to envisage these types of thought form is that they are ‘future memories’ or thoughts that pop back in time from a future version of us. When we think of them like this, it opens the door to a new type of dialogue which can be a great time saver.
If we are stuck on a creative problem, or need help with a marketing idea for example, we can just ask our future self for a sign or some guidance. This costs nothing to try and within just a few days, or even hours, you will be pleasantly surprised at what turns up, out of the blue.
Mindful Timeful and Kindful
So when you realise that thoughts have energy and come from a variety of sources, it pays great dividends to become mindful of them. While this might seem somewhat onerous and that something else has been added to your To Do list, the key to doing this is simple.
All you have to do is to start each day by treating yourself to 10 or so minutes of Me Time in meditation. Meditation is not about having no thoughts at all but in helping us form a new relationship with our thoughts.
When we become more mindful of our thoughts we can begin to recognise and acknowledge their sources and signature. We also begin to appreciate their internal and external impact. By tuning in and being more selective about the thoughts we do want, it quickly generates more time for us as we start to waste less time on so-called negative thoughts and patterns.
So mindfulness leads to what I call the state of timefulness.
When we have more time on our hands, we have more time to be kind and thoughtful to ourselves and others. You quickly find that you then save even more time when the world is kind back to you. A quiet and calm mind allows us to be better able to spot signs and serendipities.
So timefulness leads to a lovely state of kindfulness.
If this sounds blissful, it is. If it sounds unattainable, it isn’t. The difference between either of these states lies solely in your thoughts.
Now there’s a thought!
PUSH Coach Tom Evans is an author, internationally renowned meditation guide and trainer in practical applications of mindfulness. He specialises in creating meditations and processes to help people and businesses, perform smarter and faster yet with more ease. If you would like to learn more about how to apply practical applications of mindfulness in your work and the benefits to your organisations please get in touch.
Many of his most popular meditations are freely available via the Insight Timer app at www.insighttimer.com/tomevans