How am I using my time mindfully?

Recently, I ponder about the time. I reflect on how I have used time, how I want to use my future time, and how I want to mindfully spend my current time. From my average everydayness to extraordinary days, it made me realise and appreciate that I still have today.

This reminds me that I have a choice in my reaction to all happenings, that depend on my state of life. Every moment my state of life is changing. Buddhism categorised infinite range of life states into ten inner worlds. The concept of the “Ten Worlds”. This concept offers a framework for us to understand changing nature of our moods and tendencies of our character.

The principle of the “Ten Worlds” forms a foundation of life. The worlds are in ascending order of the degree of free will, compassion, and happiness one feels at that given time. The ten worlds are, as according to The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism (2002):
Hell
Hunger
Animality
Asuras/Anger
Human Beings
Heavenly Beings
Voice-Hearers/Learning
Caused-Awakened Ones/Realisation
Bodhisattvas
Buddhahood

Every single moment, human have tendency to be in one of the world as their life state. Majority of time, we are in first six life state between Hell and Heavenly Beings. I will leave the explanation of each life state for the future posts.

I was a very angry person. I was challenged by enforcing my expectations on others and urge to control situations so I feel safe. When things didn’t unfold as I wished, I tend to become grumpy, upset, and angry. So I was a very angry person, easily irritated and affected.

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I remember a senior friend once told me “Time of a day is equally given to every single person. Everyday there is 24-hours. You have 24-hour in a day and so do I. You family or your neighbours also have 24-hour day. The only difference we have in relation to time is how we choose to spend that 24-hours. Whether you want to use it purposefully or carelessly spend it, it is up to your single mind. You have a choice.”

This choice of reaction were mentioned to me at various occasions. That I have choice of which life state I want to be. That constant decision eventually lead to the shape of my personality.

A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.

John C. Maxwell

Challenging times definitely becomes a reflection point. It was enough for me to reflect on how I use my time. Certainly, I become more mindful and selective on how I want to use my time. I had to learn how to juggle multiple priorities at a time.

The purpose of time management and getting more done in less time is to enable you to spend more face time with people you care about and doing the things that give you the greatest amount of joy in life.

Brian Tracy

I understand every moment I have ups and downs. However, I don’t want to waste my time on destructive energies. I want to use my time with constructive and creative energies so I can advance further.

How do you choose how you spend your time?
Do you have any reason why you choose to spend time in the way you did?
When is the best way to spend you time?

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