Vertical time is the present moment, the now. It's what surfers call in the zone or rather anyone whose just totally immersed in an act would call in the zone. I catch myself going...huh 6 hours went by whoa.
Horizontal time is past, present, future. It's our normal time we have. Oh, it's 6 I need to eat at 8. I'm going to watch my favorite show. Horizontal time helps with planning, etc.
Our relation to time causes many problems. Sometimes we have too much time and we get bored. We go crazy. We kill time. When we have little time we also go crazy.
Time is also a commodity. Time wasn't always like this. Actually it was a modern invention. With the industrial revolution came this ingenious idea to pay people by the hour. Prior to the IR, time was just meh we'll do it when we feel like it.
So now in the culture we live in time is money. Time is of the essence. Don't waste any time! Don't be lazy! Buy more things so you can use them in time.
We live in a culture that just assumes things and we totally believe that thats how it is. But where is time? Where in time do we exist? Where is and what is the present? Where does time come from? What is the source of time? Is time coming from us or inside of us? Is the present moment just the future rushing to become the past? What is the past? Where is the past?
I've learned that you can only think about the past and future right now. You can also in a way travel time by thinking of the past and future. We can change the and change our present by simply changing our relationship to the past.
So and so hurt me a year ago. I have a choice. to forgive and let go or to keep it within myself forever and forever. But this choice exists now. I think most people forget that we can choose to move on right now. Actually we can only do it right now. When tomorrow comes that is tomorrows present. and in that present is right now. Life is just a constant now.
The past is very important because you are the accumulation of the past. But the past is just the past. If you're a practical person, you will realize that you can only shape the future by working right now.
I think about the future all the time. Day dream about it. Should I do this or not. I map out my future all the time. Every single time that I actually experience the moment it never lines up completely with my thinking. The moment is always a surprise to me.
Our body moves 1/16th the speed of the mind.
Our minds race. Thinking about tomorrow. The future. The past. Thinking thinking thinking thinking thinking thinking.
This is what really causes the stress in our lives. Horizontal time is practical but we overdo it. Planning things is great if only we stopped there. We worry and stress out.
Wo how can we reduce stress and anxiety about the future? Try to be in vertical time. Try to be present. Stop everything you are doing and just look at things. People watch. Watch the birds. Listen to the clock. Listen to some music. Watch your breath. Ground yourself in your body. Feel what it is like to be in a body. Since the body moves slower do it. If you need to think use a pen and paper. Write things down. That way you don't have to constantly go insane by thinking about the same thing over and over again. Just be here now. Do something for the joy of doing it. Just do something based on process rather than an end result. Sit in silence. Eat in silence. We all know how to touch that timeless zone. We've gone there with art. We've gone there with amazing experiences. Like watching an awesome movie. It's okay to relax people. Just be present for a change.
In the bible the sabbath was a day you worshiped god. On this day you didn't work because that would be disrespectful to god. I think the function of this is great. A day where we don't work. It might be worth while to set up a day where you just don't do anything. A day where you just appreciate what's in front of you. Working is great. We all have to earn a living but we all have to learn to rest and everyone is a bit different so we all own it to our bodies and mind to find out how to rest. But all true rest has a common meeting ground, just being present.