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Published by Michael Erlewine
An article about the sense of time with aging.
An article about the sense of time with aging.

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Published by: Michael Erlewine on Oct 05, 2012
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IT’S ABOUT TIMEBy Michael Erlewine (Michael@Erlewine.net)There will probably continue to be somereverberations from my recent intensive at themonastery, so please bear with me. Here is one.Time is of the essence. Life appears like anexponential curve, when it comes to measuring time.When I was a teenager, time seemed to be so slowthat it took forever, and becoming an adult was analmost impossible dream. However, once over thirty Iforgot all about the slowness of time and, caught up inthe gears of life’s prime, things were very busy. Nowas I slip into age, time is as fast as it was once slowback when I was a child. Moments merge with daysand days turn into months and seasons, almostwithout a gap. Like two trains running, passing closein the night, as my body begins to slow down, timeseems to reach the speed of light and flashes past.This is not something I understood early on. Iassumed that time was a measured constant that all,young and old, experience equally like a clock. Itnever occurred to me that clocks can run fast andslow depending our state of mind and age. Is thiswhat Einstein was pointing out? Just as someprofound experiences have the power to expand timeinto eternity, so too can time contract infinitely to littleor no time at all. In addition to slow motion, there isfast motion, like time-lapse. It just never occurred tome that time is variable, much less what some of theconsequences of that variability might be.In other words, I see now that as I age, not only do Ihave less time, but even that shorter time is furthercompressed until it is a seamless flow, with very fewgaps or handholds to slow it down. Time slides. It is
moving fast. Not only is it harder to stop or slow timedown than it once was, but the means to do so areabsent. I am more like a passenger in the stream oftime, no longer the driver.I have more leisure time, but less of it, and what time Ihave is not slow time, but more like time-lapsephotography – somehow compressed and movingfast. I guess it is hard to explain. Anyone know what Iam talking about? This also might/should interestsome of you younger folks.Time is harder to catch and hang on to now; It isharder to slow it down and expand than it used to be.“Time waits for no man” is an old saying. Well, that isreally true as I age. Trust me. And time is so tidy.I am reminded of the 1968 film “Sweet November”with Sandy Dennis and Anthony Newley. It is a realtear jerker in which Sandy Dennis takes a new lovereach month. This is because she is dying from anincurable disease and does not want anyone to seeher demise other than as a one-month snapshot.Time is like that.As we age, time gradually removes our faculties a bitat a time so that we kind of fade out as we edgetoward death. Time has its own painkillers, perhaps tomake it easier for us to age. When we are young, it isthe crush-out, but when we age it is the fade-out.I include here one of the logos I created over theyears, a hummingbird and a flower and chakra. WhileI was at KTD I had a number of close encounters withanimals and insects. Two hummingbirds came veryclose, one frozen in midair just above my head. Onanother day a large (Green Darner) dragonfly flewright in front of me and was poised motionless in frontof my face. And at yet another time a large Monarch

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