This is the great challenge of being human. We have a capacity and directive within us to self-reflect, and with that comes the ability to know what we’re connected to and embedded within. At their core, our lives are fundamentally creative. When we are able to tap into that, we are a universe within ourselves, completely able to self-create and define what’s possible for our lives. The people and social structures around us help give form to development and enough learning to function within our bodies and the system, but mostly they limit our capacities, and even our knowledge that we have these capacities.
The cultures we’ve created have become our prison. But it’s so challenging to break free of this, because from day 1, we’ve been taught to think that our outer world defines everything that life is. What’s funny is that this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Even when we start to realize this at some point, everything set up in our lives fights against this realization. So living into all that we're capable of is quite a formidable challenge.
What does this all have to do with taking your time? Well, when we’re unlearning a lifetime of conditioning to be a particular way, it takes a lot of careful attention. An attentive pace. I don’t mean that it will take a long time to transform and blossom, because when you start to cultivate this kind of gentle awareness, transformation actually speeds up. What I mean by taking your time is more like having a newborn baby who is unable to feed. You might work with a lactation specialist and they will help you to find your baby’s rhythm, to get in sync with her. Ultimately this will ‘speed up’ the process of breast feeding, making is more enjoyable, successful and efficient. The only thing that took more time, was the act of coming out of the world of hurried and worried thoughts, and attending to the magical creature in front of you, created by your body. Allowing your body’s innate intuition and connection to life to take over.
Where in your current life circumstances are you hurried, worried, or maybe even on autopilot, not leaving any room for something new to occur? Take some time here.