Trapped in Time
Let me present you with a new concept of time.
We're very familiar with clock time which is in the physical realm. For example, right now, it's 2:20pm - hubby is about to get home from work and my daughter will finish school soon. We operate according to clock time. We need clock time - we have appointments and deadlines we need to stick to.
But there's also something else which I'd like to present to you called psychological time, which I learned from Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now. Psychological time doesn't really exist and yet we spend most of our life in it. Ekchart also refers to psychological time as to as the past future continuum.
When we're in our head (which is where we usually are) and we're thinking, we're either remembering something about the past or we're projecting into the future. We're either remembering or we're anticipating. I really want you to get this so I'm going to say it again.
Generally, when we're thinking, when we're up in our head with our thoughts, listening to that constant narrative throughout the day we are either remembering the past or anticipating the future. We are not in the present moment.
“Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.” ~Eckhart Tolle
The way to come out of the this past future continuum, this psychological time, this imaginary realm is to become present. I find the quickest and easiest way to do that is simply to take a conscious breath.
This brings us to the realm of no time, the eternal realm. When we come into the now and become fully present, we find ourselves right here.
“The more you are focused on time - past and future - the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” ~Eckhart Tolle
We come out of psychological time - out of all our remembering, all the stories we've been carrying around our entire life - this happened to me, that happened to him...
We also come out of the worries of the future - oh dear, what's going to happen about this and about that? I'm so worried... All this has been happening in the psychological realm, in our mind. It's not actually happening right now, in this moment.
You know, deep down, we're all the same. As human beings, we operate in the same way. Yes, there can be many differences, I know, we tend to focus on them. But deep down, we all experience life, we all process life, through our thinking and feeling - our thoughts and our emotions. We all process life in this way.
We also all have the light of consciousness within us - I like to call it awareness. It's time to see that we've spent most of our life being trapped in time. It's time to free ourselves and come into the Now, where real life is happening.
“Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” ~Eckhart Tolle
[Excerpts from a Moment by Moment Awareness Challenge held Live in a private Facebook group.]