In my last post, I kind of ranted and raved about my arch-nemesis, TIME. I'm sure most artists, especially those who, like me, work a full time day job, can relate. At this time of year, it's easy to start freaking out about not having enough time to get things done. I've gotten lots of empathy, which I truly do appreciate, and even an idea or two. The most intriguing one was to "command time", requiring "just a tiny change in thought." (Thanks, Cat!) Apparently, Cat has been reading up on her General Theory of Relativity, a la Einstein, who happens to be one of my personal heroes. Here's how he sums it up:
"People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between the past, the present, and the future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." -Albert Einstein
Here are a few other thought on time that I thought I'd share with you. This one's pretty funny:
So, I thought I'd check out what philosophy has to say. Here's a bit about the Tibetan Buddhist perspective:
Kalachakra Mandala: The Wheel of Time
The word kalachakra means cycles of time, and the Kalachakra system presents three such cycles – external, internal and alternative. The external and internal cycles deal with time as we normally know it, while the alternative cycles are practices for gaining liberation from these two.
According to Buddhist thought, we humans discriminate between past, present and future, and we give them substance by attaching name and meaning to them. This everyday notion of time is not reality and is based on fundamental ignorance (or avidya). Unlike the Christian concept of time, time in Buddhism has no beginning and no end. In order to awaken to true reality, one must do as
Hesse's Siddhartha did - i.e. eliminate the concept of time by realizing that it has no substance. This is how [one] attain[s] wisdom and enlightenment. -The Conscious Universe
The question is, how do we make these ideas work for us? eHow has some suggestions on How to Transcend Time and Space:
* Meditation is one of the best-known ways to transcend time and space.
In the Moment by Laurel Julian
* Try attending a trance dance, ecstatic dance or another movement class where there is no talking allowed in the space. Allow the music and movements of your body to take you outside space and time.
* Make a commitment to spiritual growth. The more you practice living in the present moment and loving yourself, the more you will experience pure moments of superconsciousness.
Spirit in Flight, by Laurel Julian
* Busy yourself doing something you love. Crafting, reading, painting, singing: Do anything artistic that you enjoy. If you are truly focused and love what you are doing, time and space with dissolve. You can even transcend time and space while doing household chores!Turn your creative outlets into a ritual. Set intentions for what you want while you are creating.
Wait a minute, wasn't that what this whole TIME thing was about in the first place- not having the TIME to do what I love? Is that ironic, or what? I guess I've come full circle here; it has been pretty cathartic in the end. I guess it's TIME to stop whining and get back to making art!By the way, I'm pretty sure the part about household chores is a lie! ;)