Friday, March 28, 2014

"A single event can shape our lives or 
change the course of history."

We all have a sense that time expands
and contracts, seeming to drag one moment
and race the next, but what is our constant,
our absolute? I believe it is “me,”
our core sense of self.

To borrow from Einstein’s example, if
two men are sitting with the same
beautiful girl, the time might drag for
one, because the girl is his sister,
while it flies for the other if he is
in love with her. This means that each
of us has personal control over our
sense of time.

Consider all the subjective qualities
we attach to time. We say things like:
“I don’t have time for that.” “Time’s up.”
“Your time’s running out.” “How time flies.”
“Time hangs heavy.” “I love you so much,
time stands still.”

These statements don’t say anything about
time measured by the clock. The clock doesn’t
lie about how much linear time has elapsed
“out there.” But subjective time, the kind
that exists only “in here,” is a different

All the above statements reflect a state of
self. If you’re bored, time hangs heavy; if
you’re desperate, time’s running out; if
you’re exhilarated, time flies; when you’re
in love, time stands still. In other words,
whenever you take an attitude toward time,
you are really saying something about yourself.
Time, in the subjective sense, is a mirror.

Linear time is moving inexorably forward,
and to overcome that, we must find a place
where a different kind of time, or no time,
can be experienced and internalized.

.. Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind,
.. By Deepak Chopra

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