Is Your Scrapbooking Time Constipated? Apply 2 x 4

Is Your Scrapbooking Time Constipated? Apply 2 x 4

Goofy title, I know, but it got your attention didn’t it?

I’ve been struggling with time and my seeming lack thereof lately (you may have noticed).
Well, I got this in my email and it really spoke to me. I am so grateful to have signed up for the Tiny Buddha newsletter.
I do subscribe to a bunch, but this is the one I read most consistently. The writers there seem to be speaking to me directly.Here’s an excerpt from one of this weeks post on what to do when time feels constricting.

Have you ever felt controlled by time?

This has been a lifelong challenge for me. Sometimes it can be difficult for me to truly immerse myself in the present, because I can feel constricted by imaginary strings, tethered to an invisible clock.

Years back, I always snapped from ease to anxiety at the end of a yoga class, tiptoeing toward the door with an eye on my watch while others melted into bliss in their final relaxation pose.

While I now allow myself to take a full shavasana (and leave my watch at home), I still occasionally find myself being rigid with time.

Boy can I relate! She then goes on to describe a ‘scheduled’ trip to the beach. Made me chuckle, because I try to do that too.
Schedule my relaxation. Jumbo shrimp anyone?

It almost felt like time stopped, just because I stopped thinking about it. And it didn’t cause any great disruption to my day. If anything, it enhanced it, because that sense of freedom and ease permeated everything else I did.

I realize we can’t always disregard the clock, but we can liberate ourselves by expanding beyond our self-imposed restrictions—even if it only means lingering for just a little longer than usual.

Maybe it’s choosing to sip your coffee while basking in the sunlight for a few minutes, instead of rushing to your car.

Or chatting with someone new at the gym for a bit instead of hightailing it to the showers.

Or simply releasing the urgency that creates haste and stress.

Remember when we were kids, and we tried to do something difficult, like sign our names in cursive? The adults in our lives often told us to take our time—to realize there was no rush, so we could just relax and focus on the task at hand.

Usually that only took a moment or two more than it would otherwise, but those minutes made a huge difference.

Isn’t enjoying our lives just as worthy of that relaxed attention?

We all have places to go and things to do, but we can only enjoy those experiences if we release the tension that binds us. Most often, we put that pressure on ourselves—which means we have the power to release it.

Original post here.

I am no stranger to putting that kind of pressure on myself. “The force is strong with this one”.

But like many habits, it’s still a habit, and it can be broken and changed. Yay….color me hopeful!

So, how’s your scrapbooking time? Got enough? No? Then what do you do? Please share in the comments below.

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