Our most valuable currency is time.
When I was in India, I had the opportunity (the GIFT) of spending time thinking about how I spend time. Time has always been an elusive thing to me. Sometimes, I literally count how many minutes I have in a morning or afternoon, how many tasks I need to do, and plan exactly how many minutes I can spend on what. In fact, before I went to India, I was so manic about everything I had to do that my motto became “No minute left behind!” I have been doing this since high school. It is a habit I am trying hard to break, this iron-grip on time. This struggle with it. The anxiety it gives me to think about. Karma is a subject for a different newsletter but an English word to describe Karma is bondage. It is bondage you are born with or you get from your upbringing or environment. In our lives, part of our purpose is to recognize and break free from the bondage. For me, time is bondage.
My teacher in India would say:
Time is your most valuable currency, how are you spending your currency?
This is something I work on all the time, how am I spending my currency in a way they brings me the most joy. Or if not more joy, less stress.
This brings me to Summer, which technically hasn’t even started but it already seems very over scheduled. I am trying to back down, without guilt. There is so much power in solitude.
Solitude gives us super-powers.
This is my hope for us all, this Summer, among all the Summer activities and fun, we can also find solitude. Unwired, outside, or in a meditation, or a yoga practice, or a walk, or a hike, or a paddle, or whatever you love. Deep quiet time, alone.
Blaine Wilkes is the owner of Yoga Hive Colorado, and writes inspirational musings for our newsletter, which we post here, along with upcoming trainings and workshops. To filter, navigate using the links above to see the category you're interested in. If you have questions, or wish to get in touch with Blaine, drop in to a class, or connect online: