Sunday, July 31, 2016

Time shrinks and expands according to our mood

Einstein’s theory of relativity transformed theoretical physics and astronomy during the twentieth century. 

And although the science behind can seem complex and overwhelming, he famously explained it with a simple metaphor:

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour; sit with your beloved for an hour, and it seems like a minute. 

That’s relativity. It’s actually an encouraging approach to living. Einstein’s theory suggests that we are where time comes from, and we can make as much of it as we want. It all depends on how we choose to occupy the space we find ourselves in. 

Yoga is the perfect example. I’ve been practicing for eight years, and the lesson I keep learning over and over is, time shrinks and expands according to my mood. 

Because if I hustle into a hundred degree room overflowing with a sense of dread and irritation and negative expectation, wishing I was somewhere else the whole time, that class is going to feel like an eternity. Postures will take forever. The hands on the clock will move in reverse. My instructor’s words will come in slow motion. And ninety minutes will feel like ninety days. 

On the other hand, if I walk into the room calm and hydrated and happy and emptied of expectation, prepared to relax into the space around me, time will whisk by like the summer wind. Because I won’t be preoccupied with trying to not be in the space I’m in. Even if I do glance at the clock, I’ll notice that time has leaped forward in great spurts. And the class will be over before I even know it. 

That’s relativity. 

Time shrinks and expands according to our mood. 

Hendrix summarized it perfectly in his book about time management:

When you withdraw your consciousness toward your core, running away from the moment, the act of contracting your awareness away from space makes time congeal.

It seems to slow down and harden into a solid mass. And the more you cringe from the pain, the slower time gets. 


How does your relationship with time affect your daily life?

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