Driven by Time

“Because we believe that passing time is real, we give it power over ourselves. People complain constantly that they don’t have enough time. We feel pressured by time. Where are we all rushing to? James Thurber comments dryly that ‘All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.’

The ultimate end is the same for us all – why are we in such a hurry to get there? 

A group member told us that she didn’t practise coming in to the present moment because she didn’t have time. We are so occupied with acquiring, achieving and being busy, that we have no time for being. On TV, in many films and adverts, life is shown to be endlessly frenetic, as though that should be the norm. Yet, when questioned, people rate living in the Now, resting in the peace of the Self and just being, as highly desirable. So what stops us from being there in that place of rest?” (Chapter 8 : The Delusion of Time) 

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Remember to be kind and gentle with yourself. 


About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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