Danzante Caldera, RPC

We Are, Each of Us, Time Machines...

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We are, each of us, time machines. Every one of us is on a journey in time that only we ourselves are (or are not) in control of; traveling backwards and forwards, in and out of our own personal time zones. Virginia Wolf said “An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length”.

Changing with every heart beat, this is our sense of presence, our ability to stay in Flow, to Be Here Now. If we could but maintain a perfect sense of presence, we would always live in the time zone of the world we are inhabiting. But who do you know who maintains this Zen sense of present awareness with any sort of perfect constancy?

No, we are time machines with wonky machinery, our monkey minds dragging us backward and forward on the continuum. If we are struggling with some depression, perhaps we are mired in the past, ruminating over what happened, what could have happened, what should have happened... Or, if we are struggling with some anxiety, we switch gears to worrying what might or might not happen in the future, over and over, our thoughts running in place...

We get stuck, frozen, reliving the past or forecasting the future, in big and little ways, fueling our struggles with circular patterns of thought on well-honed tracks in our brain. We are squandering our creative and emotional energies when we do this.

The only moment we are actually alive is right now; everything else is a shadow, a memory, a dream. The energy flowing through us, that sustains us, is happening right at this very moment that you are reading this – do you feel it? For a short experiment in Presence, if you like, stop reading this, take a slow breath in and a slow breath out, paying attention to your world in the Now, and then come back…

Did you experience Flow? Did you move with the energy that was moving through you? Did you live in the time zone of where you actually are? The breath is our secret weapon, the way we take better care of our wonky time machines. The breath and our heartbeat can only and ever live in the Now.

So maybe the next instance that you find yourself facing some emotional challenge or blockage, remember to check in and see if you have been taken hostage and dragged off to some past or future that is not of your conscious choosing. Let the breath and your own human heartbeat guide you back to THIS present moment… and THIS one… and THIS one…