If you do not have a pet, I would advise you to rethink that choice. I do not aim to be pushy, but I believe there is much we can learn from our fellow sentient creatures.
Many afternoons most of us are afflicted with that terrible exhaustion that seems to push us towards collapsing in the middle of our workday. It sends depressive thoughts from our gray matter of our brains to the tip of the spine. Sometimes it physically hurts to get through the day, and we seek any possible alternative. Some go to work high, some drunk, or some other combination to numb themselves before toiling away another day. Some smoke to calm the stress and some complain nonstop to all customers and coworkers within sight.
It’s an abusive cycle
We chug coffee, energy drinks, and supplements to assist us in persistently being as efficient as possible, as is needed for our work requirements. At least so we have something to keep us from feeling quite so bad about our pitiful existence because at least we don’t feel so exhausted. But then you know, we get addicted and that becomes another issue altogether.
But the workday continues, and we continue to count down the time. I am positive we ALL know this cycle.
“Alright, I work 8 – 4 today with an hour break. So, that’s 7 hours on the clock and then lunch the middle, so 60 minutes x 7 hours = 420 minutes. Right now it is 9:37 a.m. which means I am 97 minutes into the 420. That’s awesome, that means I’ll be at 1/4 the way through my entire shift soon, so then I’ll just have to do what I’ve already done today three more times, and that’s manageable.”
“That’s manageable” is really the key idea here.
The reason this is such a torture to us as independent spirits is because it forces our creativity to silence itself. Sure, you could put extra work in, but what does that entail for us?
How can we stock shelves, or make sandwiches, or whatever we do better? Would we not have already done that?
Our creativity is pushed into our unconscious mind and we fill our consciousness with the same repetitive toil daily, and in turn causing us to lose energy and motivation for things outside of work. We spend the entire day rationalizing the choices that we have made, as well as the ones we continue to make without really deeply contemplating the intentions or consequences.
Then we’re finally off to go home.
“Wait, dammit, I need to stop and grab the coffee before I go home. I could not, but I’ll regret that in the morning for sure.”
This is one scenario, but what I’m intending is universal, some have to go out of their way to get children after work, either way, and in any case, it feels like a foot to the teeth.
I just want to relax, I feel like I never have time for anything I want.
Then we get home at last and we still manage to find discontents. The laundry is not folded, the dishes are piled up, a dog pissed on the floor again, and the other one knocked over another damn plant.
Dinner needs to be done. Then I need to relax.
But most nights we feel that simply never comes.
We just come down off our caffeine-induced mania and crash until the next day of dreary work.
We never have time…
But what is time?
It’s obviously nothing tangible. Nothing we can grasp or see or hear. It’s simply a concept, a rudimentary guideline to the workings of our universe introduced with some rocks set in a specific way a very long time ago.
When we own pets, and we observe them closely over time, we realize that they do not have this sense of time. No sense of rush ever crosses their minds, they just simply exist, because they do not mark the time. If you let them out of their bed, but then you lie down, most likely that dog will just fall back asleep with you. They cannot feel regret, there are no wasted days to them because the only feeling that they could comprehend that would be even remotely close is the feeling of starvation.
We may not understand it is irrational, or be able to compare the two, but we need to understand that we cause ourselves this same terrible anxiety over time. The feeling that an animal feels when they may not get food or shelter will push them to the same panic that we feel when we’re running late for something that is not important. We make it an irrational fear.
They are able to leave each passing moment unaffected from their own thoughts, they simply communicate with the universe solely with their will.
Their will to hunt, their will to survive, as well as their will to reproduce.
We see this calm zen-like nature in other species, but not ourselves because our ego blocks the highest regions of our rationalized mind.
Our dogs act in this way, they only know this mode of consciousness, which some could label a direct or “simple” consciousness, but there is such profundity to implementing this mode of thought into your daily life.
We shouldn’t feel depressed, or any “real” or powerful emotion directly because of a concept, or moreover something that is merely an illusion. It is simply irrational. Using this logic in my life, I found a great tip on aiding Endogenic Depression. Or a great assistant to most types of anxiety and depression in my case. Learning these teachings is a great secret.
We torment ourselves on the concept of time, we always feel and believe that we never have enough of this intangible and non-existent “item”, so we feel some odd type of inadequacy. Why? We are such irrational beings, constantly complicating and pushing things past the bounds of necessity.
We mistake time for a form of wealth when in reality all the wealth we could ever gain comes from only the present moment.
Ironically, we constantly strive for ways to become more and more effective at completing many manic tasks at once, when in turn doing this is making us less efficient because we are focused on the time and not the task at hand.
In other words, we are trading an event of nature for a mere abstraction.
This is one of the most common fallacies I see in those around me, and my GOD do they complain about it frequently. It’s hard to not be this way simply for the fact that it’s so common to be around people who constantly cling to the idea of a constant time constriction.
Negativity is harder to avoid internally when it is so constant externally.
So what can we do to avoid this?
Well, I guess simply put, we need to lose our concept of time. Which is entirely impractical when you have to work at 8 a.m. tomorrow, 6 p.m. the next day, and so on. The same would be true with a consistent schedule, we have to know what time to go to work, to get the kids, and what time we have to make it to the store before it closes.
So if it is impractical, does that mean that it is impossible?
We need to use this concept of time against itself, by using our freetime we have to lose ourselves in the moment and lose our concept of time.
- So when we are off work, be off work.
Do everything in your power for a day to listen to your thoughts. Try to pick up yourself talking about the concept of time, or thinking about work in a way which brings displeasure. I know, it creeps into your river of consciousness more than you would think, while we are trying to relax at night we constantly find ourselves recollecting the experiences of the day.
“Today was such a good day at work. All of the customers were really nice and I felt like I was at least able to contribute in some ways for good”.
“Deborah was another story altogether… She would not listen to a single thing I said, I asked her to help me with all kinds of things and all she did is complain about how those things were not getting done. How hard is it to just not be a terrible human being at work?”
And then we wake up out of this haze of annoying thoughts and see how much time we just wasted thinking about stupid and useless content.
Then we feel guilty.
We call ourselves a book of nasty names and damn ourselves for wasting precious time.
When I explain it this way, do you see the irrationality?
When we are not actively stocking a shelf, meeting a client, driving for a company, cooking meals for customers, we should not be even thinking about these actions. They simply do not deserve our conscious attention.
We should first of all never use our internal monologue to talk negatively to ourselves, that’s a useless task altogether, I assure you.
Use your spare time to not think about the time. Just relax, and spend time doing wholesome things to pass this “no-time.”
- Read a good book
- Ride a bike
- Eat a banana
- Plant some seeds
- Watch those seeds grow
- Start a compost pile
- Get a pet
- Go to the Animal Shelter and love on a stray who needs a home if you want a fur baby but cannot adopt.
- Watch a documentary on literally any random topic that comes up
- Harvest vegetables
- Eat those vegetables straight from your plants
- Lay in the sun
You get it…
Just work on yourself and stop worrying so much about time, don’t just read something about the mere idea of time not existing, contemplate this idea as deeply as you are currently able and experience it as a reality.
We only have to experience reality as it exists, to experience “the-things-in-themselves.”
We just always complicate things.
Take notice of what is around you, or be Mindful.
Our experiences are really only as rich as the conscious attention we put towards them.
Think about that for a moment
Evey moment has an infinite number of possibilities and experiences happening in harmony. The ones that are important to us, or memorable, are the ones we spent not the most time, but the ones in which the most conscious attention is dispersed.
Take note of every detail as you walk down the street, not just your phone or the swarm of negativity in your head.
To add to the exercise mentioned earlier, you should begin this task by monitoring your thoughts. Do not attempt to control them, for that is like trying to see your brain. Do not feel emotion over these thoughts, in that you do not judge the content of them, or blame yourself for displeasing content.
Really listen to yourself, your inner voice and hear the negativity brewing. Everyone has it to some extent, we all are negative every now and again. We can understand this as a common human trait, but when dealing with ourselves we should take extra care to negate the seeds of negativity from manifesting into the fruits of evil, as well as allow the seeds of positivity to manifest into right love and right compassion.
We should no longer allow abstractions to control our lives. We need to work every day in any little ways we can to lose our sense of time every once in a while as we need it as a part of reconnecting with the natural world, or reality. It is part of a constant and endless cycle which man decided to mark, sending us down delusion and false despair.
Grow some plants, watch them grow and absorb every lesson they will teach you
Get some pets and allow them to do the same.