The Illusion of Time
Hola! Settling into a new country is one thing. I've done that one before (U.S.
to U.K). But I'll tell you what, there's nothing like relaxing into a completely
different rhythm...different cultural norms...a different language...different
concepts of time!
If you don't know me personally, you may not know this, but I'm quite the
stickler for being "on time" when I've given my word to someone. I've seen
it as a reflection of my respect for others and, honestly, enjoy the power that
I experience knowing that what I say mostly goes. Here in Spain, I'm being
asked to take another look at this way of relating to time, to my word and to my
expectations of how things/people "should" operate.
With all this in the background, I had a humorous moment while meditating
the other day. I suddenly got (as an experience, not a concept), that we humans
have completely made up the measurement of time! There is actually no such
thing called "a minute" or "an hour" in reality. We created clocks. The whole
thing is made up based on how long it takes this rock to get around that gaseous
ball at the center of our solar system. And here I've been on a power trip,
making myself better than others for being my word! I'm mortified and amused
all at once.
And then I went one level deeper. Why would I have been going about life so
focused on being on time? Is it because it creates the illusion/sense of control?
Is it because our lives are so completely subject to random events, the influence
of so many others, that having fealty to time was better than having fealty to
nothing, or worse yet, chaos?
So, just consider it for a few moments. What if control and time are illusions?
What could you do with all the energy that's currently being spent on controlling
(or attempting to control) situations, people and events outside of you? What
if some of that energy was used to dwell in and strengthen our inner state? An
expanded capacity to flow with all that chaos rather than resisting it. Something
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