Quotable Insights: The Nature of Time

Via on Feb 15, 2011

Like many people, I find quotes to be exceptionally inspiring. It is truly amazing how a particular sequence of words can change your entire mood, perspective, and overall outlook on life. Quotes can take on an entire life of their own … and that’s what I’m here to explore. In each “Quotable Insights” post, I’ll share one of my favorite quotes, along with an expanded contemplation on its meaning.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

When was the last time you didn’t need to look at the clock to know what time it was?

Instead, I often find myself thinking, “What? It’s 3 pm already!?”

Have you ever woken up without the sound of an alarm?

Did you ever leave the house without your watch or cell phone and didn’t return to grab them?

Whether your life is filled to the brim with activities & commitments or you find yourself easily distracted by busy-work, our general concept of time has been forever changed by ongoing advancements in technology. There are many reasons to be thankful for the internet, e-mail, and cell phones, but we also need to be weary of how much they consume our lives.

Instead of filling our days with back-to-back events, we also need to schedule time to do absolutely nothing, or something we never make time for. Maybe you’ll use that time to practice yoga, meditate, read a book, bake a cake, take a nap … your instinct will tell you what is the best way to spend the time, but one thing is key: do something for you.

We need not always be busy working, hurrying, racing to out-pace each other. If you don’t take care of yourself, no number of meetings, e-mail exchanges, or business deals can compensate for your lack of personal clarity & compassion – it will show through in everything you say & do.

As humans, we may not have centuries upon centuries to accomplish the goals we strive for, but being in a constant state of hurry benefits no one. We have much to learn from the natural world, especially this: a little work & a lot of patience goes a very long way.

How do you interpret this quote?

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About Victoria Klein

Introduced to Yoga in 2000 at a gym in Connecticut, my personal practice has taken me through a crippling post-high-school era of depression and anxiety, 3 cross-country relocations, + the general rollercoaster of life. In 2012, I fulfilled a major item on my bucket list by graduating from the True Nature School of Yoga 200-Hour program in Oceanside, CA + eagerly began teaching as an RYT 200. In 2013, I've continued my dedication to education by taking True Nature's 500-Hour program, progressing toward the RYT 500 designation. Also a professional freelance writer since 2005, my first book, 27 Things to Know about Yoga, was published in 2010. I previously worked the front desk at the well-known Yoga Tree studios in San Francisco + in the production department at Yoga Journal Magazine. In my spare time, you’ll find me cooking, running, taking lots of pictures, being a Marine Corps spouse, and infusing Yoga into my entire life. My Yoga classes are a dynamic blend of effort + ease, sweating + relaxation, with numerous opportunities + options given to make each individual class easier or harder, depending on how you feel that day. As a teacher, I strive to help my students find clarity, compassion, + patience, both on + off the mat. FYI: you should join my newsletter so you don't miss any of the fun! You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, + Pinterest!

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