December 10 , 2022 /



Think of many of the ways people speak about time.  “I didn’t have time to do it.”  What they mean is they did not choose to take the time to do it, whatever “it” was, but who is going to say that they chose something else?    How about this?  “It’s time to eat.”  It is “time” for breakfast, lunch or dinner according to a prearranged schedule. Being “on time” is highly important to many people but different cultures regard “on time” behavior with more or less value.


Personal priorities about being “on time” may also vary.

We are often like Pavlov’s dog.  The bell rings and we respond whether by changing activities, answering a call or checking something in the oven.  We are conditioned and regulated by time.  It’s “time” to go to bed.  It’s “time” to get up.  It’s “time” to go to work.  It’s “time out” and “time” to start again.  It’s “time” for the meeting.  It’s “time” to leave in order to get there in a reasonable amount of “time.”  It’s all about time and yet time is an invention, a construct for our convenience and we are bound by it.  How we measure time and how we use it reveals an enormous amount about who we are as individuals and who we are as a culture.


“It’s about time” we say, meaning in one way that we have waited for some time for something or other to happen and finally, it has taken place. Whether that expresses gratitude, relief or annoyance depends on the context.  Reading these meditations is a conscious choice of how to use some of this time that is given to us. We may have more choices than we might have believed previously and this can be a time to review some of our choices that have brought us to where we are.

Comments (3)

  1. As I posted this blog, I saw a statement, “Congress is running out of time…” Really? Can anyone run of time? Does this apply here: “Time just got away from me.” Our time, our presence here will end, but not yet!

  2. Yes… the construct of time is often connected with space, and the two are said to be connected to causation – the ‘trinity’ that creates the phenomenological world for us, and binds us to the physical… perhaps that is why they say that true freedom lies in connection with timelessness?

    1. There are those “times” when “time” seems to drop away or at least is suspended while we immerse ourselves in expanding our own space to explore new frontiers. Thank you for connecting time and space as both a human and spiritual experience. When we are part of Oneness and see ourselves united and bound together, maybe Peace will become more of a reality.

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