Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Perception Of Time

“Most of us take for granted that time flies, meaning it passes too quickly.  But in the mindful state, time doesn’t really pass at all.  There is only a single instant of time that keeps renewing itself over and over with infinite variety”.
-Deepak Chopra
One’s sense of time can vary wildly.  This past Friday afternoon, after most of you had left for the day, and I was still in the office, I thought all the clocks were broken.  Time seemed to be frozen.  On the other hand, in a few weeks I will be 65 years year’s old and I wonder how my life so far has passed so quickly.  It is true that the passage of time seems to go faster the older you get.  Although every day is 24 hours long, 8 hours in the office can feel like 16 hours and a weekend at home can feel like a 15 minute break.  One of my friends who is a monk told me that he practices mindfulness as a way to slow life down.  Paying attention to the moment can be a remedy for that feeling that life is moving too fast.  The real question is why some moments seem to fly by while other moments seem to drag.  For most people time flies when you are doing something you want to do and time drags when you are doing something you don’t want to do.  There will always be times in our lives when we must do things we don’t want to do.  Work is such a thing for many people.  The goal we should set for ourselves is to maximize the time we spend doing things we enjoy and minimize the time we spend doing things we don’t enjoy.  It is up to the individual to decide what activities belong in each category.  One man’s struggle is another man’s joy.    

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