reply to post by queenofsheba
Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it.
How to slow time down? Oh, if we knew that, what we could do! But seriously, one thing I enjoy is trying to recall my dreams, because in them, time
often seems to vary. On occasion dreams get close to "eternity", that seeming non-place where time does not exist: in one of its forms, eternity can
be taken to mean that which is atemporal.
I like that concept because of its wonderful clash with our perception of the physical realm: if there is no time, then how can anything move, or even
exist? We are so ingrained with the concepts of time and space being interconnected that it is hard to separate them in any way. But atemporality
doesn't really have to mean that time doesn't exist. Rather, it's more of the concept of an endless now
And in some ways, that is what we have: we assume the future and know of the past, but the past is out of our physical reach and most of the future is
something we will not experience. All we have, really, is now. The problem is that we don't perceive it in everyday life. We see time passing.
But does it really do that anyway?
I suppose we could say that there is a "time capsule" and we are within it. We are encapsulated within that thing called "now". Yet here, in this
physical realm with its capsule of now-time around it, the only way I know of to approach that atemporal
state and be fully aware of "now" is
through meditation. Yes, time "passes", but while we meditate it is an irrelevance. Only now
exists and when we focus on it, we see so much.
This doesn't mean we have to sit motionless for hours and "contemplate our navels" as the rather ignorant saying goes; I am happy to meditate while
riding a tram to work, for example. I am there, but not there. I am in "now" and it's a good place to be.
So, I suppose it is within our minds -- the greatest gift we have besides life itself -- that time ceases to be the millstone that wears us down in
the physical world. And as you know, the physical is not forever anyway, but if we spend a bit more time within our minds and contemplate the
that we have, then it is (shall we say) time well spent.
PS: it's well after 1 am as I write this, so I hope it makes a modicum of sense.
edit on 22/10/11 by JustMike because: I corrected a typo.