Most of us are intertwined in our day-to-day life chores, so much so that we have no time to even pause and absorb the experience of life itself, ‘running on a hamster wheel’ they say. There is so much pressure to perform. Pressure from our own selves, from family or near- dear ones, from society, from bosses at work or authority, from so much competition that we are asked to overcome. In this hustle and bustle we lose ourselves like the exhausted batteries. Learning to balance all aspects of life, no doubt, doesn’t come easy. It comes with experience, trial and error and more so, with time. Somedays, going through this, I encourage myself that this is after all only temporary. ‘ Just another phase of life’ I say. Thank god, its temporary. And that I shall not continue with this kind of work schedule altogether for not more than a year of my life. I have done this a number of times in life recently, when I felt tangled and trapped in this meshwork of my work duty. It surely gives me a salary, a means to live independent financially, yet fails to make me feel alive!
‘This is temporary’ phenomenon suddenly one day brought an insight to me . I realised if we think of our life as a whole, as just a temporary phenomenon, we would be living a much fulfilled life than we actually do. Just this idea that it’s all temporary- the good, the bad, the events, the people, the successes, the failures, begins to shift our focus from trivial matters to something much bigger, worthwhile and truthful. Life starts to feel too precious to be wasted on these tiny things that we hold onto, and don’t let go off. It reminds me of the important aspects like lightness, relief, compassion and surrender to life, that we have forgotten .
In astrology time is traditionally governed by the planet Saturn, that sadly gets a bad reputation for this. It is associated with fear, darkness, low self esteem, slowness, and limitations mostly. But not to forget, it also should be the one to be associated with authenticity, disciplines, honesty, organization, service and the doing more than the talking or dreaming. However, what comes out of this testing and learning phase experience is much much valuable that the planet Saturn needs to be credited for. It brings out a more mature, true, sincere practicer of wisdom. All good things need time it says before it goes.
Thank god its all temporary and changing. Life is time! This makes life all the more beautiful and unique moment to moment, and we need to embrace this, remember this and remind ourselves and others of this. The temporary principle very much applies to the death principle. It’s surprising, how death of body can bring such wisdom. I feel our fear of death comes from the non- acceptance of the temporary phenomenon that nature has held to the physical realms, it comes from this illusion of ‘ feeling vanished from reality/ end of ones existence ‘ and hence fear of letting go. Steve Jobs once beautifully described the utility of death principle to life, hence, emphasizing on the need of understanding and applying this concept of temporary, right from early in life, before time calls us to. Because, like he said, our time is limited.