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Off the Clock

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Chair in fallTime never stops.

Seconds dissolve into minutes into hours into days, months, and years. There are no real lines between one moment and the next, of course, but in our human desire to organize and manage our experience of time we divide it into these discrete units of increasing length.

Thinking about time this way is particularly important when it comes to coordinating with other people. We watch the clock and the calendar, paying close attention to our deadlines and commitments as we schedule meetings, pick-ups and deliveries, performances, product launches, and so on and so on.

That’s how our brains do time: We manage it.

Our bodies, by contrast, learn to be with time in a different way. For example, during moments such as the autumnal equinox, our awareness of the passage of time is heightened as all of our senses are bombarded with dramatic evidence of seasonal shift. For me, this is a time of sadness and acceptance; saying goodbye to the light and warmth of summer and preparing for darker, cooler days.

But this movement isn’t something that I measure in precise increments. It’s something I absorb gradually, organically, letting the changes around me fall into sync with the rhythm of my own heartbeat or the length of my breath. I let myself change with the season.

You don’t really need a dramatic moment to tune into a different awareness of time.

What happens when you take yourself “off the clock” and listen to what your body has to say about it?