What is time? It is simply a unit of measure created by man to track changes. We tend to lead our lives by this unit of measure amongst others, like how much money we have, what are bodily proportions are, etc. It would seem we could miss the forest for the trees with this line of thinking (by living and defining our self-worth by measurements).
Do we look at a magnificent structure and think ‘wow, look at all those centimeters and meters’?
What if we stopped viewing and experiencing reality through the construct of time and immersed ourselves in the now? (that’s another article, maybe two, but let’s get back to now).
Our reality, in relation to the construct of time, is actually a series of “nows” so closely and rapidly happening one after another that it appears to be fluid and seamless. Like our movies, filmed at 24 frames per second with each frame presented so quickly one after another, that it too seems fluid and seamless.
“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein
Most of us live our lives dictated by something that keeps us from fully experiencing the now of our existence; the fullness of our beingness. We are in a perpetual rush to get somewhere, to do something, to achieve something, to prevent something. Of course we say, how else can we earn a living, make things better, alleviate suffering, plan for our future. I don’t disagree but if we cannot experience fully the now, we are simply putting off actually living.
The Dali Llama, when asked what surprised him the most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
We have all experienced being so deeply connected to something we are doing/experiencing that time flies by. Why does that happen? Because you are truly in the “now” of the moment, totally immersed in the experience of each rapidly successive now…and what happens? Time ceases to exist or just as importantly, ceases to have a grip on you. You are fully living, totally present in the moment.
Nearly all of us tend to think in a linear fashion. Its a barrier, a hinderance from experiencing the true wonder of existence; the now. There is only now. Time is just a construct, an illusion. One that we are beginning to, once again, see right through.