The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos.
While chronos refers to the time of physics or linear-sequential time (such as that of the clock “alarming” you out of bed in the morning), kairos refers to a moment or period of undetermined time in which something meaningful happens (of course only you can determine what is meaningful to you!).
Let’s just say that chronos is physical or “clock” time, and kairos is metaphysical time that transcends the limitations of time and space as we know it.
Here are a few pointers to get you flowing with kairos time rather than running a race against “clock” time.
Align with kairos time by:
1. Setting a clear intention.
Intention, like a compass, aligns us with our desired experience and draws to us the essence we seek. I use the following intention daily (and of course you are welcome to use it too if it resonates for you): “Today I am experiencing an abundance of time, creativity and joy as my goals and intentions easily and gracefully flow into place in perfect divine timing.”
2. Focusing on your breath.
Whenever you feel yourself moving into overwhelm take two to five minutes of “time out” to focus on your breath.
Overwhelm is a function of our mind fretting over the past or future or of recycling thoughts that do not serve our well-being.
We can only breathe in the present moment.
By focusing on our breath we move our attention, if only for a while, from the incessant chatter of our minds to the refreshing tranquility of the present moment.
The more present we are to the present moment, the more open we become to transcend linear time and align with the flow of kairos time
3. Finding your passion.
Have you ever been so completely engaged in an activity you love, that you completely “lost track of time”?
What you “lost” was actually your sense of linear time.
This is precisely what happens when we fully immerse ourselves and surrender to the activity at hand and spontaneously enter the delicious flow of kairos time.
4. Moving your body.
Einstein said that we cannot solve a problem from the same level of thinking – from the same level of consciousness – that created the problem in the first place.
Linear time is a construct of the mind.
Therefore, if we want to move out of linear time we need to move out of our minds and into our bodies.
I love taking a few “movement breaks” during my day to shake away any pent up overwhelm or stress. I often do this to the tune of my favorite music.
These days, moving your hips to your favorite mp3 tracks is a breeze, and you can always find privacy at your local “private sacred temple” often symbolized by two big O’s (Ok peeps, I’ll spell it out for you. I am referring to the good ‘ole dependable “LOO”).
I invite you not to underestimate the potent power of these simple practices.
Try them and enjoy them.
They have everything to do with getting out of your own way and into the delicious flow that is readily available to you in each moment.
Creativity and efficiency are functions of creating open and receptive channels for inspiration to flow to us and through us.
It’s good for you, your business and ultimately your bottom line.
From my heart,