Have you noticed that time seems to be flying by faster and faster? Maybe you’ve even lamented that “there are not enough hours in the day.”

A Duke University researcher believes the explanation for why childhood days seemed endless while adult years fly by can be explained by physics. Adrian Bejan, the J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke, says, “This apparent temporal discrepancy can be blamed on the ever-slowing speed at which images are obtained and processed by the human brain as the body ages.”

Bejan attributes this phenomenon to physical changes in the aging human body. As tangled webs of nerves and neurons mature, they grow in size and complexity, leading to longer paths for signals to traverse. As those paths then begin to age, they also degrade, giving more resistance to the flow of electrical signals (Pratt.duke.edu/about/news/its-spring-already-physics-explains-why-time-flies-we-age).

That may be true for Professor Bejan, but it’s not true in my experience. In fact, those of us born before the internet are processing far more data than was possible during childhood.

That being said, I’d like to offer an alternative explanation for your consideration — one that includes a way to slow those precious moments of life down once again.

Here’s my Lupien Theory: When you believe you don’t have enough time it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. You are responsible for creating that reality through your words and thoughts. Allowing your mind to become preoccupied with what’s happening next rather than what’s happening now causes time to speed up.

You’ve probably heard more than once that it’s important to live in the now or to be present. Maybe you’ve even practiced it for short periods of time. Then real life intervenes and you slip back to the rat-race mentality, focusing on a long to-do list or the next big thing on your schedule. There you are, once again, back to accelerating time.

I promise you that’s an illusion and you can release it as easily as you created it.

When your focus moves to the future, time begins whizzing by, bringing you into alignment with your thoughts — your own form of time travel. Probably not quite what you had in mind. When you understand this concept, you become empowered to consciously regain control.

This doesn’t mean you should never think about the future. Of course not. You need to dream and plan. Just don’t make it your regular place of being lest you fritter away precious moments that will never come again. The future is a fine place for brief visits, just not a place to take up residence. You’ll arrive there soon enough — when it becomes the present. Then you can savor every moment.

Here’s another way to look at it: Have you heard the adage, “Take the time it takes so it takes less time?” When you have a mindset of time as limited, you hurry, which leads to fumbling and mistakes that cause tasks to take longer than they otherwise might. Focusing on the present allows you to complete your task efficiently, leaving you free to move on to other things.

Can you see now how being present causes time to expand? You create expansion by slowing down and being present. Sound counterintuitive? I know. I was right there with you until Archangel Metatron (master of time and the Akashic Records), explained that lack of time is an illusion. Since then I’ve been using this method with great results.

So now you’ve got a choice to make. Will you continue creating lack of time or will you consciously strive to remain in the present, savoring each moment?

Metatron says, “Stop racing towards the next goal and the next. Savor what you have in the here and now as you move forward in divine timing towards what is yet to come. Soak up every delicious nuance. Allow yourself to experience and appreciate each moment.”

There will always be time. It’s eternal. No need to be rushing from one thing to the next. Slow down. Savor. This is the secret to controlling time. When you stop rushing, you will discover that time expands and you’ll always have more than enough.

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