CLOCK WATCHING – A Race with Time

As long as I can remember I have always been a clock-watcher, constantly checking the time or racing with it, my wristwatch firmly placed on my bedside table and an alarm clock ready to start my day. This was my safety net that I thought would give me a good night’s sleep, but often left me worrying whether I would get up on time or get to work on time.

I would often feel like I never had enough time to get everything done in the day and was clock watching at every opportunity. To others I was known as the punctual, hardworking and reliable one that could be counted on to get to work on time. I was prepared and would wait ahead of time for others. As a result, I often found it hard to unwind at the end of the day and this would lead to my collapsing into bed feeling exhausted.

This merry-go-round continued for a great part of my adult life and left me feeling a constant nervous tension in my body of where to be next. I was under the impression that this was the way life was and that I just had to keep my head down and keep going. The results were leaving the feelings of stress and exhaustion that were taking their toll on my body.

The race with time was evident in the quality of my interactions with others. They were fleeting exchanges rather than moments of quality connection, as I was constantly thinking of what needed to be done next and never enjoying the moment.

That was until I watched a Unimed Living Presentation in Sydney 2015 by Serge Benhayon on Time, Space and all of us.

As Serge presented, there was a key sentence that stood out for me that I began to understand not only in my head, but it also made sense in my body…

I discovered that I was racing with time rather than being with time.

This sounded a bit odd at first and it took me a few days to get my head around this thought. How could I be racing with time when the clock was controlling how long I had to get from A to B?

Was it possible that I was controlling and rushing the time rather than staying with time?

After a few days of experimenting I came to the realisation that time stayed the same and I was the one pushing and driving all the tension. A big ‘ouch’ and that ‘I get it’ light bulb moment rang true.

As a practical person I decided to put this key sentence into action and started to use a clock or watch to . . .

 . . . read the time rather than worrying about staying on time.

At first it took a while as I was so driven by a fast pace of living that would see me filling in more ‘things to do lists’ when I noticed I had more time up my sleeve. I could feel that I still had a need to be ‘doing stuff’ in this extra time rather than connecting to the opportunity that became available for me to appreciate and confirm that I was starting to feel an ease in my body that I never felt before. I could feel what was true in my body but the levels of drive and momentum I had built up over my life were still very strong and overrode my ability to stay settled. I was looking for a way to find a marker that felt true in my body. My only experience that connected me to this was an Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy session I had a few months prior.

The decision to delve deeper into understanding what I was resisting led to regular sessions of this modality with a local practitioner. I was able to feel the natural pace in which my body moved. There was an ease that didn’t have me rushing ahead but still felt that I was moving with the movements that supported me to work with vitality and a steady flow.

After a number of weeks I had noticed gradual changes in how I was working. These included:

  • Less tension in my body and trusting that the pace I was working with supported me and was within time
  • Letting go of the alarm clock and working on a nightly routine where I made sure I wound down before placing myself in bed
  • Ability to work longer periods of time without feeling exhausted
  • Appreciating the changes daily that build a foundational support level to connect to.

A year later, I have started to truly feel what my priorities are in each day. My day starts with a connection to me first and then where I need to go next to support others. The tension in my body has led to physical changes where I am more settled in my walk and have an increased sense of self-certainty. Physical changes have occurred in my face, arms and legs due to the release of tension, and the clock is just that – a clock that tells the time – nothing more!

I am deeply thankful to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for offering the opportunity to truly understand my relationship with time and the support that is provided by the Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy modality. What was offered was paramount in supporting me to return to my natural rhythm that funnily enough has nothing to do with time! I am now living my life, rather than rushing through life, and I can feel that my body thanks me each and every day.

By Anonymous

Further Reading:
A Race Against Time
Time and our perception of it
So Long Sciatica – Thanks to Universal Medicine and Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy

1,322 thoughts on “CLOCK WATCHING – A Race with Time

  1. We underestimate the challenge to continue we face when we feel the momentum of our past choices. Your blog brings that awareness to the surface so we can be more informed when we next feel that tension.

  2. I work shift work and I used to be addicted to looking at my watch, many years ago I stopped wearing a watch and it allowed me to be more present in the moment and feel less tired, as I wasn’t being so attached to time.

  3. I have to admit I am still a big clock watcher and use the clock to assess how much I can squeeze into a certain amount of time. But this blog has been very supportive of helping me become aware how I may be able to wind this back.

  4. Gosh I can feel the tension of living based around time. I know that I am still caught by this. In fact I am looking at the time now, rather than simply trusting that I have enough space to complete what is needed before I move on the the next task. I know I can mentally set myself up by going through my mental list of what I need to achieve during the day. This only adds to the tension.

  5. Watching the clock we reduce ourselves from living spherically and join the time-line where ‘time’ goes either too fast or too slow. But none of this is true, we have simply made it a reality.

  6. When we live in competition with the clock we will always be racy as we are looking to the finishing line while time just completes another cycle with no end point.

  7. We learn so much when we free ourselves from the erroneous notions we have around time. We can’t really race it; it always wins, or so it seems. There is an art in living with time and not be affected by it and Serge Benhayon has pulled the rug out from underneath all the false notions and constructs that we have conveniently adopted.

  8. The way I work is changing hugely since I clocked how much I was racing with time, and actually find I enjoy work more, which makes it easier to commit to work and get up in the morning knowing you are making it about quality as opposed to the old way of just getting through the day.

  9. The race against time is a race I have never won. This could be because it is an impossible race to win. The time simply ticks on while we carry on like right fools delaying our return for as long as possible all the while blaming the time that is simply marking our delay.

  10. I find the connection with me is one of my greatest avoidance. One I use time to avoid. The faster I am the more I get to indulge in the untruth that I don’t have enough time, I’m to busy, look how much needs doing, rush, rush, rush. All moments I step away from my multidimensionality, all moments avoiding soul and all that I’m offered.

  11. Our time concept is something so various. Sometimes it feels like there comes no end to the day or event and time lasts forever and sometime time flies and the day feels far too short. My time perception is highly influenced by how much I am with myself and present in my body. If I am then it feels as if things come to me instead of me trying to grab it and time is not there but space is.

  12. Being a slave to time is exhausting – it constantly stimulates our nervous system and consequently exhausts our bodies.

  13. When I am racing with time I am racing with myself and that feels awful, it makes me smaller and only busy with the temporal side of life not leaving any space to feel my innate rhythm and divine origin which supports me to live life purposefully.

  14. “I discovered that I was racing with time rather than being with time.” This is really something to appreciate as so many of us get caught up in racing against the clock whatever we are doing. But when we are ‘with time’ it really is extraordinary how time opens up and so much more is possible.

  15. I was always racing with time, which meant I always felt I didn’t have time to interact with others, so I didn’t which is a great trick to keep me separate from others and not connecting. I am so much more aware of this now, and still that old pattern of rushing still likes to creep back into my movements if I am not present, so it asks me to continually check how I am moving.

  16. I too have been caught in the time trap. It was all about rushing, and then it changed to be about ending the day at a certain time or starting it at a certain time. I would tell myself off if I got up later than another day, and then pressure myself to get everything done by a certain time. And if it wasn’t finished I would just stop and go to bed. But in this, I was not actually completing anything. I would just make it about the clock. Recently someone supported me to see the importance of completing things, and so now, I might stay up a bit later or wake up at varying times, but it is about the quality of what I do and if I complete things in full. When I do complete things, my body is so much more settled and at ease.

    1. I can relate to what you say on completing things. I have been focussing on that for a while and it has revealed quite some of my patterns i.e.leaving loose ends, finding the left-overs of my non-completed things/tasks the next day costing me extra time and giving stress. Completing tasks has taken some time, but now I realize it is all about the quality I am with all that I do including the completion. It gives so much freshness and clarity for what’s next. And…that it is not about time anymore!

  17. When we let go and stop putting huge pressure on ourselves to be a certain way or to do things by certain times, there is a flow, ease and life feels loads more fun and easy. There will always be deadlines but it’s how we are with them that determines whether we feel stressed and compressed or are enjoying being in the flow.

  18. A great realisation to understand that the more we race against time the more driven we feel to fill up our day with things to do! And when we choose to stay present with ourselves the more time opens up the space to flow with an ease and harmony in our movements that establishes a far more loving quality in all our movements.

  19. It’s a funny thing to rush or race against time when time actually doesn’t change, yet that is what so many of us do. I really enjoy all that Serge presents as a philosopher, it offers everyone an opportunity to wake up out of the norms we have in society and instead live the truth, and the truth is much more supportive for the body.

    1. Very funny what you write: time doesn’t change, whether we rush, race, stand on our heads, turn our back to it or take it easy. It is like running to your grave, when we know one day we will die. Why not live life lovingly and move seemlessly through it?!

    2. So true, I love the fact that time doesn’t change, it keeps tracking just as it always has yet there is a distinct feeling of time rushing through our fingers or, conversely, moving at a snails pace! So we have to stop and consider how our perception of time changes and if we could be the changer…don’t we?!

  20. The greatest way to shrink time is to dense up the space we live within. This we do by not dealing with our hurts, overeating, checking-out, creating and dwelling on issues with each other and generally by giving way to much volume to the ‘self’ that wants to be an individual and be recognised as important, special, different etc. and not enough voice to the true self that knows it is a self but does not move as a self, but in and with respect to the all it knows we are all a part of.

  21. A few weeks ago, I started work late because of the snow, and could feel myself going into an old pattern of rush mode to catch up…. but this just felt awful in my body, as I felt the tension rising within. On that moment I decided to let go of time and catching up, and accepted that I would be finished later today, and all was ok. Well in the letting go, space just opened up. A collegue called to say she was finished and could help me, and she did, and space just opened up, and I got home at my usual time.

  22. The book ‘Time’ by Serge Benhayon is an incredible read, it really opened my eyes to how I am in relationship with time and gave me a much bigger perspective and understanding about how we can work with time rather than try and fight against it.

  23. It really is an amusing concept to be racing against time. Whatever do we think we are racing towards? And what state are we going to arrive in? One has got to laugh at oneself and let the shoulders drop down and move in a whole new way.

    1. I agree, Kathleen, making it lighter and move in a different way, without any push or racing changes the quality we arrive in and our bodies and everyone one we meet are super grateful for that.

  24. When stuck in a race with time, the quality of my whole day is less vibrant and distinctly disharmonious in movement as there is a big contraction in my body with this one small movement of ‘one eye continually glancing at the clock’.

    1. I can relate to that. Last weekend I had just a little ‘squeeze’ timewize for one appointment with a friend I hadn’t seen for a while. During the whole get-together I could feel it in my body, not feeling completely relaxed and at ease in that togetherness. It was a great reflection how subtle and loud it can be and effect the quality of being.

  25. Love this expression of ‘a race with time’. I know exactly what that feels like, and there is only ever one loser (me). And it’s a total illusion, we don’t have to participate in this race at all – like a movie that we are forcing ourselves to watch, we can simply turn around and see a totally different landscape filled with space.

  26. You’ve raised a great point about evaluating our priorities from time to time and assessing how we structure our day – these are both important to ensure we aren’t making life all about doing, function, work and racing with time, and that the importance of relationships, for example, is not looked over.

  27. The rushing with time instead of being with time has been, for me, always accompanied by an undertone of ‘never enough’ and a fear of being left behind- so always overworking and overdoing it so as to not have to feel those feelings. But starting to appreciate what I bring is changing that, slowly. The more I make loving choices to care for myself, the less appealing the drive and overwork and the more I can feel what my body’s natural rhythm is for working. Self care builds self respect and a general atunement to and alignment with our bodies’ messages, and it starts to become more natural to actually want to care for them, instead of the constant overriding.

  28. I had a timely (pun intended) lesson from my kitchen clock recently when it decided to stop working. All through that day I found myself looking at it over and over again to see what the time was, but it hadn’t moved. I realised that I do this so much during my day and each time I do there is a little more tension that builds up in my body as I calculate how much time I have to do what is waiting to be attended to. In the end I allowed myself to simply feel the space that was being offered and slowly the day began to unfold in a much more simple and tension-free way…and I got everything done.

  29. I tried to race against time the other day to try and be somewhere and back in time for an appointment and it doesn’t work. Every time I thought I was making headway a lorry or tractor would come in way to slow me down and I could feel how my body was racing as I was trying to be ahead of myself. I am sure I would have got to my destination at the same time whether I pushed myself and time, it was a great lesson that however hard I try I beat time it never works and my body suffers the consequences.

  30. It’s amazing how much time ACTUALLY effects our lives, the question of time and what we do with it is so important. I noticed this morning the first thing I do when I wake up is check my phone – for the time and messages. So my first thoughts are… am I early waking up or am I late? And if I’m late do I rush or feel guilty or indulgent, and if I’m early do how do I spend this precious extra time?

  31. I have spent much of my life being ruled by the clock on the one hand, and restaliating against time on the other. I have found an inner satisfaction by putting myself in situations where I try to ‘beat the time’, like leaving things as late as possible and still getting things done within a certain time frame. But what I have come to realise is that I am able to read the time very accurately without a watch or a clock, when I am fully focussed on what I am doing and also when I allow my focus to drop, which basically shows me that I know very well how I am choosing to spend my time and whether it is purposeful or not.

  32. I can certainly relate to this and am aware that I still find myself rushing around. When I connect to my innate rhythm that helps for sure and as you say Anonymous, in that rhythm there is alway plenty of time.

  33. ‘I discovered that I was racing with time rather than being with time’ This is my experience also, and I find it exhausting… anxiety always kicks in and my body tightens. When I ‘pace myself’ and go with time, my experience is the exact opposite; my body remains open and calm.

  34. Anonymous, reading this I can feel that it has almost become the norm to live like this; ‘I was constantly thinking of what needed to be done next and never enjoying the moment.’ It feels like our lives are often so busy that we are constantly thinking of what needs to be done next, I have been catching myself going into this drive and thinking about all that I need to do – this is not an enjoyable way to be and so I am working on being present in what I am doing and enjoying every task and interaction without the rushing and drive, when I do this it feels that there is more space and joy.

  35. Being punctual or even early to events/work is great if it’s not at the expense of your body. If it becomes something driven by anxiety rather than love (e.g. wanting to be at work first to prepare the space for others) then we need to stop and learn to feel the right timing rather than rely on clocks.

  36. ” My day starts with a connection to me first ”
    This is so important , because its you in your day , if not, one spends the whole day playing catch up.

  37. I when I leave in plenty of time for my work in the morning everything flows, I am relaxed, and all the traffic lights are green! I have observed that I just need to leave 10 mins later, which will not leave me late for work, but I have noticed this tension that builds in my body, and the morning feels less spacious and when I walk it is with a push, like I have to catch up. Quite strange but this happens. So now I make sure I leave in plenty of time.

  38. I have spent a lot more ‘time’ being conscious of living in m body, and the more I do that the more I seem to be able to stretch time. Decisions I have made about ‘what absolutely needs to be done today’ often get radically altered to meet what is needed that day, and everything still gets done. I love the magic of space.

  39. Anonymous, I love this; ‘I am now living my life, rather than rushing through life, and I can feel that my body thanks me each and every day.’ Reading this I can feel how pointless the rushing is as it stops our enjoyment of life, for me it is the connections with others and the graceful and gentle movements of my body that allows me to enjoy my day, if I rush through the day I end up tired and having not had the lovely connection with myself and others.

  40. By staying completely focussed on what we are doing, and not allowing any kind of distraction, it is incredible how time literally seems to expand and so much more is achieved.

  41. When I clock watch I can feel how I go away from myself, going outside of myself. Feeling the tension in my body this creates, reminds me to take a stop moment and bring myself back to me, and in this the race against time stops and the tension melts away.

  42. The moment I start to clock watch or look ahead of myself to the future I can feel anxiousness or a racy feeling in my body. For me this seems to stem from not feeling I am enough in this present moment and so wanting to be more, wanting things to be different. It is self perpetrating because then I am not present or wanting to be in this moment and so the future in all its glory cannot come to me as I am not living it now and so not calling for it.

  43. Just reading this line I could feel the exhaustion anonymous.
    “As a result, I often found it hard to unwind at the end of the day and this would lead to my collapsing into bed feeling exhausted.”
    I feel so many people live like this and then we wake up just as exhausted as we went to bed, so is it any wonder we then reach for stimulants such as coffee and sugary foods to support us to cover up our exhaustion so we can keep going through our day.

  44. How awesome it is when we stop to consider our bodies and how we move moment by moment and how this then brings a greater awareness and presence to our days and a lot less time watching and stress. Finding a rhythm of living that not only supports us but also expands us is a great foundation for living by our own natural cycle and how this cycle then interconnects everything around us too.

  45. How freeing it has been to finally release the need to ‘clock-watch’, especially as until I began to observe how often I did it, I didn’t realise how all-consuming it would sometimes become. Getting ready for work was one of the biggest ones but also watching the clock in my car as I was heading to an appointment that I had not allowed enough time for; as if that somehow would help to get me to where I was going, faster – what an illusion that was! I now do not look at my car clock from the moment I start the car and as a result my journeys have been most enjoyably free of the previous tension and if I happen to be late for my appointment that is my responsibility, not times!

  46. It is interesting how we choose to put our whole body into tension when we think we need to catch up with time. Not only are all our movements affected, becoming hard and rushed by running our body from our mind, there is no quality in what we are doing and we often end up having to re-do the task or job again because of the energy in which it has been completed.

  47. It is amazing how focussed and caught up we can get with time and getting things done, yet when we let go of the time pressure we can do what is needed without the extra tension and raciness I find myself all too easily slipping into. Effectively if I just do what is there to be done it gets done yet if I think ok well its going to take me this much time, but I only have this much time etc.. then suddenly I do not have enough time, I start to rush, make mistakes and what I achieve is rather a jumbled mess yet i could do exactly the same task just go for it, not worry about time do what needs to be done and it can flow. It is this flow that I feel the pressure we put on with time can so easily disrupt.

  48. Isn’t it amazing how accurately our physiology reflects our choices, emotions, activity and investments. This is a great article to read in amongst a week of mock (practice) exams, when the tension of the exams often take it’s toll on my body. Walking and focusing on posture is definitely a way to support these kind of periods.

    1. I agree Susie walking and focusing on our posture is a great support. I know for myself the moment I find things getting a little intense if I stop for a moment and go for a brief walk even just change my posture and take a few steps almost immediately everything can change and it is like my body is given the space to recalibrate and come back to itself.

  49. It’s a big ouch to realise that time is a construct that we buy into. When we make this purchase we pay with our lives.

  50. Putting pressure on ourselves is a really effective way to disregard ourselves, and is related to being attached to time. We then go either too fast to get things done or we hold back and procrastinate, neither being natural expressions…

    1. Yes of course, that’s the opposite of going into quick mode to get things done; we hold back and procrastinate, which does not serve anyone, much better to be in the flow and all the space that comes with being in a flow brings us all we need.

  51. When we are in connection with ourselves we will be in harmony with the flow of the universe and in this space our watches and clocks become time tellers rather than time dictators.

    1. I have found the same Michael and so the question begs what do people get when I get caught up and focus on time? I know I can easily inadvertently blank people as my focus can become very blinkered, I can be short with people as I do not want to waste time etc.. so effectively all my relationships suffer as does the quality and end result of whatever task I am doing.

  52. Moving with our bodies and the rhythm in which feels most supportive not only offers us a greater ease in life but also more expansion and space to be simply as we are and live via our natural rhythm.

    1. It’s true Kelly. If we read time we have the space to read energy, opportunities and influences in a way that completely changes the course of our lives.

  53. Our body lives life in moments and doesn’t lend itself to being rushed; it is our mind that takes over and starts racing time, competing with and trying to outsmart it, to our detriment.

  54. To impulse our movements we can rely either on time or space. In the first scenario, it is about making sure that you get to B at a time that will give you the necessary time to move to C and so on and at the end of the day, you can proudly say, I achieved everything I meant to and go to sleep in that satisfaction. In the second scenario, you make a permanent effort to align to a quality that also impulses your movements. When this happens, you go to sleep in a body deeply held by you and deeply held by your body. Two totally different scenarios, possibly same ‘actions’.

    1. Your description Eduardo of these two approaches we can have to life reveal just how much the human race has put an emphasis on quantity over quality of actions/movements. So it is no wonder that we may feel like we had a good day when we get all kinds of tasks accomplished, even though we may have been exhausted, in a drive that pushed our bodies past its comfort zone, and were totally disconnected from our bodies and thus other people. But when we put focus on each movement with presence without looking ahead with expectation of the next move, space opens up big time.

  55. You can so easily get caught up in time and needing to push yourself to complete something so you can get onto the next thing or be somewhere. This used to be my normal but thanks to understanding and feeling that this wasn’t supporting or working for me, letting go of time and supporting myself with having loads and not asking to much of myself with things I need to do then my day is so much more open and spacious yet I am super productive and get so much more done.

  56. When we stay in tune with our bodies and follow what we feel is needed rather than do what we ‘think’ we should, space literally opens up and we can be far more efficient and productive in less time than if we try to keep going and push through our tiredness when all our bodies want to do is rest.

  57. I used to also race with time, I never seemed to have enough time to get everything done in the day, a fast way to burn myself out. Now, if I go into a rush or drive it feels so horrible in my body, staying present and being aware of my quality in moving is really supporting me to build a relationship with space.

  58. Appreciation is so important to help build a strong foundation of how we are now living and the quality of our movements, ‘Appreciating the changes daily that build a foundational support level to connect to.’

  59. It’s interesting how we use our relationship with time as a sort of security safety blanket, whereby we can prove to ourselves that we’re enough, if we get x, y and z done within the time frame that we’ve set ourselves. Yet this way of operating keeps us stressed out and on high alert, constantly clock watching and racing against time, trying to beat it. There are always things that we need to do, and taking our time doing them doesn’t necessarily feel good either, but letting go of time, by working with space to feel what needs to be done in every moment feels so much more empowering and liberating.

  60. Again I failed to win the race with time today, and yesterday, and… 😉
    That I am falling for that meaningless competition again and again shows me how often I am still invested in the temporal affairs and thereby losing myself in the world. The proverb ‘To be in the world but not of the world’ perfectly relates to this time phenomena.

  61. This blog and all the comments have been super supportive in raising my awareness of how I have been racing with time all my life – allowing time to rule and dictate me! But that is changing as I have been making lots of space in my life and with more space – the time game is losing its rule!

  62. Clock watching – a race with time is something I can relate to and only recently my relationship with time is changing, for me it is about completion, dedicating time to complete before I go to the next thing otherwise I get this overwhelming feeling of never having time enough and I notice when I am in this energy I watch the clock and misuse time to be my boss.

    1. This resonates with me Annelies, your sharing over making time to complete before moving onto the next thing. Completing things creates so much space for the next thing to flow smoothly, which sets up a beautiful momentum of flow and space.

  63. I was racing with time on Sunday and it was not pleasant. My day was full with 2 different jobs to go to. When the morning job ran late, I got very stressed knowing I was going to be late for my next job. In the stress I took a wrong turn in the car and was going in the wrong direction. I did call and inform work that I would be late, but my lesson was; I was packing too much into my day! Two days later I am still feeling the stress I created in my body and having to go very gentle with myself.

  64. The title says so much, why are we so fixated on racing against time when all it does is create tension in our bodies?

  65. There has been such a huge shift in my relationship with time, I now have space rather than time when I get ready in the mornings.

  66. To feel our movements in the natural flow and order of life is to realise how time has been created to support us back to live who we truly are.

  67. Time still likes to play with me, but the more I stay with myself, the more I am aware of how I move and clock immediately if I go into rush mode. Great to clock it and then change it.

  68. I’ve noticed that the less I watch clocks and listen to what the body is saying I am not only on time but am completing most tasks within a short period of time with time to spare!

  69. ‘The tension in my body has led to physical changes where I am more settled in my walk and have an increased sense of self-certainty. Physical changes have occurred in my face, arms and legs due to the release of tension…,’ This is so true, the physicality that our body takes on is a reflection of how we are living.

  70. I can so relate with having been like this, and still have to watch this, ‘The race with time was evident in the quality of my interactions with others. They were fleeting exchanges rather than moments of quality connection, as I was constantly thinking of what needed to be done next and never enjoying the moment.’

  71. Anonymous, this is relevant for me to read at the moment as I am completing a college course; ‘Less tension in my body and trusting that the pace I was working with supported me and was within time’, I can feel how with a lot of work to do there is a tendency to rush and panic to get everything done and to feel tension with this, reading your article though makes me aware that I can choose to simply do the work at my natural pace in a very practical way, without the tension and stress.

  72. I felt in my body how it hurts when I go into rushing because every movement becomes hard, jagged and tensed. I realised by doing this, it doesn’t make me get from A to B any faster but perhaps even slows me down because I am more likely to bump into things and have an accident.

    1. Yes the hurts is evident and the nervous system goes into overload waiting for it to be fuelled with foods that don’t support the body to remain steady and connect to what is needed at each given time.

  73. The cycle of racing the clock and falling exhausted in bed, but being too wired to sleep is one that is all too common for people. When you feel caught in this, it is no wonder that people groan when the alarm goes off in the morning. When I clock-watch, there is no joy or flow to my day. Even though there may be adrenaline with meeting deadlines, I feel tense and tight in my body.

  74. Physical changes have occurred in my face, arms and legs due to the release of tension, and the clock is just that – a clock that tells the time – nothing more! Same here, there is a deeper softness in my face now that I am not in constant ‘rush mode’ along with increased awareness as all my movements have changed.

  75. Today in my swimming I realised I started one stroke before I had completed the last and I have been doing it this way for years. It is a beautiful reflection on how I have lived my life. I have been very much in the doing often not asking for support thinking I had to do it all on my own. I have started many things but left many incomplete. This way of living leaves very little space to enjoy life. When I started to swim enjoying the space my strokes completed much more easily, almost effortlessly, not all my strokes completed absolutely but I know that allowing myself to enjoy the space repeatedly and with this new awareness of completing as I go I am bringing a deeper level of care to life and letting space take care of the timing.

    1. I had the same experience Elaine, and it made me aware of how important completion truly is and how I tend to not complete but start already the next and the next and the next, leaving a lot of work that is not yet completed and drained me. I am now working on completing tasks one by one and allow to feel space in this commitment I have made to myself and what is there to complete joyfully.

    2. Brilliant example Elaine – completing a swimming stroke before beginning the next one has literally stopped me in my tracks as I feel the disharmony this causes to the body (and this is only from reading it!). This is bringing a completely different sense of completion as being a harmonious movement that supports space within the day.

  76. For me if I go into racing against time it’s like I put blinkers on to narrow my view and way of doing things to just get something done rather than staying in connection with my whole body and sensing the way in which I need to do something to make it truly harmonious for all involved.

    1. When we have the blinkers on, in our tunnel vision, we always seem to leave out the small bits that were crucial to the thing we’re doing. When we rush something we did not have the time to finish… when will you have the time to fix it later?

  77. I have a strange relationship with time, it’s always been up and down over the years and although we have a few good days, over all there is no consistency. I always feel like time gets away from me and there for if I don’t bring my focus to it, I miss things, like getting the kids to school on time or getting to work before the day is over! Since I have mapped out how long things take me to do, I have been able to at least get to work on time a couple of days a week but again, no consistency, I was at least consistently late before! Ha-ha.
    Anyway, I know what is being presented in this blog is actually asking me to look at quality, not the clock and this is the choice to put energy first, above our investment to the world. In all honesty, I am still figuring this out and I enjoy every day that I discover and uncover more and more about the illusion of time.

    1. Yes it is, this blog is asking us all to consider all our movements; those done within the race of time and those movements done with quality, and observe the difference – which is like night and day. Holding the intention to make it about quality, I have noticed what actually needs done and I notice lots more details, that I did not notice before – well because I didn’t have time!

  78. I’ve also had those light bulb moments (thanks to Serge’s work) where I’ve realised time is not something I can race or push against, it’s still something I can get into a panic about but it’s more me not managing myself with time well. It’s amazing how much we give our power to and let run us. Everything Serge presents is extraordinary and I agree that the wisdom around time is something that can take some ‘time’ 🙂 to get your head around!

    1. It is amazing how easily we give our power away to time, when I do this, I feel tension in my body and stress, clear signs I have let my head take over, when I let the whole time thing go, and just get on with what I have to do, there is always enough time, and always more support!

  79. ‘read the time rather than worrying about staying on time’ … absolutely – if we try and fight time we will lose, if we consider the true purpose of time and what it is really showing us at any given moment, we will learn so much about ourselves and realise that time is actually always on our side.

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