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  • #84048
    jock
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    It’s true. As you get older, time goes faster. Except when you’re in a scenario that is out of your comfort zone, unbearable. Like in meditation and your back hurts but you’ve still got another 10 minutes left to go. Can seem like an eternity.
    Funny, the days, months and years can fly though. The last year has absolutely flown for me. Problem is I’d like to see some progress for that 12 months but um, well,,looks pretty much in the same situation as Sept. 2014. Am I more mature? Am I smarter? Happier? Fitter? The only one I can say “yes” to is “happier”. Despite my current situation of being out of work, I feel sort of content. Might change when the money runs dry I admit. Unfortunately I am a person whose happiness depends on circumstances. (example)If I was in a wheelchair from tomorrow, I’d be depressed for sure. If I was homeless, I’d be depressed too. No matter how much I study Buddhism and meditate I am circumstance dependant. (dependant origin?)
    So how is today different from yesterday? It’s not really. I guess until I see the uniqueness of each day or each moment, I won’t be truly appreciative.
    But life isn’;t bad right. I appreciate that. Just wish the good times would slow down… 🙂

    #84088
    anita
    Participant

    Dear Jack:

    I was just thinking about why time is slow at the beginning of life and then it rushes. I am thinking that is because at the beginning of life is when things are happening for the first time, from the outside to the inside. After that, life is re-played, much in an automatic way. The recordings are full and the button is pushed on Replay.

    The whole idea of Mindfulness and Beginner’s Mind is going to that beginning state of life, re-evaluating everything in that recording storage and starting anew.

    anita

    #84089
    anita
    Participant

    It didn’t “take”- now it should…

    #84102
    jock
    Participant

    Time is precious but we don’t realise it until it is too late.
    I can remember being bored in class as a kid sometimes or on long summer holidays. I didn’t realise they were golden years at the time, so precious.
    When we get bored, we think we are stuck in some kind of time warp that will last forever. We don’t realise that in the scheme of things, it is just a microsecond, a flash in the pan, when compared to our whole life, or indeed universal time.
    I’m 57 now. I know the next 13 years will fly and suddenly I’m 70. Then 80 and 85 and facing death. To think that I would waste any of that time being bored or stuck in some petty grievance in my head about some one else, is pathetic. Buddhism is to truly wake up. Wake up from our limited mind. Wake up to universal time.
    Wake up and smell the coffee Batman!
    Holey underpants Batman!

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 8 months ago by jock.
    #84123
    anita
    Participant

    Amen, Jack!

    #84127
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    57? I’d decided you were 23. Where did that time go?? Hee

    #84130
    jock
    Participant

    I’m old enough to be most people’s father here, hopefully not grandfather yet… 🙂

    #84968
    Mike
    Participant

    I would like to throw in some more ideas. As a child there were times when I was having fun, but there were also times when I was bored. School was really boring to me and dragged, then winter always dragged because it is cold in Michigan in the winter. As a child growing up I didn’t have my time filled with activities. Now a days it seems like children are as busy as their parents so I would like to know if time still is going slow? Being an adult comes responsibilities, sure you may feel bored doing the “important” things, but it is not the same boredom that was felt as a child. As a child I was always looking forward to an event in the future, the event would arrive and it would be over, the anticipation lasted longer than the event. As an adult, sure I may be looking forward to sometime, but I don’t have the same anticipation for things because those responsibilities I can’t waste time imagining how great something is going to be, except at bed time when I am trying to sleep, but can’t then time goes slow. My whole concept of time is different now that I am older, I feel that I am always racing the clock, trying to cram as much into a day as I can and I can never do as much as I would like and it is is like this day after day…
    some of my thoughts thanks,
    Mike

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