The Value of Free Time and Five Things To Do To Get More of It.
When we use our decision making consciously, our priorities begin to change: we realize how valuable it is to begin to contemplate the world of ideas, and practice the art of asking the best questions we can. Many of us eventually think about where we came from, why we are here, how we work, and how can we make our journey as rich as possible.
The idea from this perspective is to thus organize our lives to increase the amount of disposable time at hand, and in such a way that we are able to find relaxation and balance also. This means the free time is not burdened with anxiety and worry. Our minds are free to be curious and open to what comes back.
What will this produce?
In our most recent history the Greek city states were able to allow a few exemption from a life of toil. Great thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle and Socrates gave us the foundations of philosophy and spiritual examination as a result. Later out of the Roman empire, others found the contemplative time, free from other constraints, to give us the foundations of our law. This of course paved the way to cooperatively living and advancing civilizaton.
Perhaps this is the reason that many feel the old paradigm of “time is money” is being replaced by “money is time.” Many are shedding an obsession with too much materiality because it uses precious time to maintain.
Edgar Cayce once proposed that the ideal life was devoted 25% of the time to work, 25% to play, 25% to home/family, and 25% to spiritual development. The latter we might attribute to having the curious mind: we might wonder about who we are, what we are capable of and our role in the universe.
So how do we get more free time?
(1) Visualize having more free time and being in a state of mind to appreciate it. If nothing else, simply ask the question with real desire and conviction “ How can I get more free time and be in the right mindset to appreciate it when it arrives?”
(2) Be mindful of harvesting the free time when it appears. Free time is easily converted or diverted to entertainment or to the intrigues of the outside world. So carve out time and make then be conscious of how you will spend it.
(3) Keep a journal of the time you spend in this state of mind and the questions you are asking. Note where you intuition leads you and from what and where the answers come. You will find this interesting.
(4) Find like minded people who are making the same effort. Get into local groups or on line forums. This will reinforce your efforts and bring a sense of support and energy for your process.
(5) Begin to make “disposable free time” one of your top values. This will mean that as you examine work opportunities you will assess the time component required and decide whether it is appropriate. I know a young telescope engineer who told his company that he was not interested in more pay, just more free time. Every time they send him to a conference overseas he tacks on the extra vacation time. They are both happy.
As people begin to see that free time is the new disposable income they will that it makes living lighter, easier, and more gracious-a worthy goal for conscious decision making.