Recently, I visited Taliesin West, the winter home of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright (b.1867-d.1959). Wright’s home, as well as his school of architectural design, sits at the top of a small mountain in the middle of the desert in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The tour guide taught our group about the architectural design principle Wright referred to as “compress and release”. In his structures, (Wright has designed many across the country), before entering an open spacious area, one must first pass through a narrow, constricting one.
The entry room here is dim with a low ceiling, and limited space to sit, stand or store much of anything. The transition to the larger living room is quite abrupt and dramatic. The living room’s raised ceiling makes the atmosphere feel more open and airy. The wider space makes it conducive for social gatherings, and group discussions. Its large windows allow bright light to come in, and a beautiful view of serene nature looking out.
Seeing the distinctive differences in architectural design between these rooms made me think about the variety of ways we experience life in real time.
There is a………
Time to crouch
Time to expand
Time for complexity
Time for simplicity
Time for stillness
Time for commotion
Time to be present
Time to be absent
Time to stand at attention
Time to be the commander
Time to appreciate what’s around you
Time to go inward to reflect
Time to stop
Time to proceed
Time to wait
Time to move forward
Time to spend
Time to save
Time to be in the dark
Time to be in the light
Time to consume
Time to abstain
Time to be active
Time to rest after activity.
Time to participate
Time to remember.
Time to hold on
Time to let go
Time to ebb
Time to flow
There is a time for everything essentially. The time we create and the way we spend our time is completely up to us. So when we make time to be still, or be active, for example, we don’t need anyone else to achieve our personal goals. Yes, we need others, but please take some time to explore creating individually customized activities that will help you improve your quality of life.
On your own, you can stand at attention to your inner wisdom. Without commanding others, you can be your own personal commander ready to instruct you with strategies that will get you ahead in life.
The line that says, time to be in the dark, can symbolize either a naïve person who is misinformed, or a depressed person who can’t seem to shake the sadness.
The line that says, time to be in the light, could demonstrate the discovery of truth, or the presence of positive energy flowing through you.
Make sure to not let negative thoughts to stay inside of you. Observe and respond as you need, and then….give yourself permission to let it go.
You don’t have to hold on to negativity. You can release it with the power of free will! Think of a water hose with water flowing out of it, now imagine placing a clamp at the end of the hose, so the water now is not going anywhere. That “stuck water” is the negative energy that doesn’t serves you higher purpose.
Now give yourself permission to release one negative thought right now, and imagine the clamp being removed from the hose, and watch the water flow out of it. Letting go of what you don’t need will make you lighter, freer and stronger. It will clear your mind, and make time more valuable and more abundant.
Sometimes we don’t have a choice and we have to be still and wait until the desired outcome will occur. But since nothing stays the same, change inevitably will occur. Waiting won’t be forever. There will come a time to move forward on your desired path with a clear vision of your destination. There are times in our lives when we must stop and take time to observe what is going on, appropriately respond, come up with a viable solution, and then carry on with our business.
Time doesn’t stand still. We can’t tell time to freeze or hold on for us. How we spend our time, or rather, waste our time is a big deal when it comes to the quality of life we live. Staying in the same place is ok, but don’t stay there too long. Move around a little bit…get some variety of scenery; it’s good for the mind and the body.
Slow down sometimes, take it slow. Even think to go in slow motion. As you transition from one room to another, in a building (your home, workplace or museum for example) practice greater mindfulness of the sensory experience. Notice your surroundings with a fresh appreciation for previously unnoticed detail.