Your Time

We all have a sense that time expands and contracts, seeming to drag one moment and race the next, but what is our constant, our absolute? I believe it is “me,” our core sense of self.

Consider all the subjective qualities we attach to time. We say things like: I don’t have time for that. Time’s up. Your time’s running out. How the time flies. Time hangs heavy. I love you so much, time stands still.

These statements do not say anything about time measured by the clock. The clock doesn’t lie about how much linear time has elapsed “out there.” But subjective time, the kind that exists only “in here,” is a different matter.

All the above statements reflect a state of self. If you’re bored, time hangs heavy; if you’re desperate, time’s running out; if you’re exhilarated, time flies; when you’re in love, time stands still. In other words, whenever you take an attitude toward time, you are really saying something about yourself. Time, in the subjective sense, is a mirror.

The element of time pressure also alters behavior, attitudes, and physiological responses. So subjective time can be an incredibly powerful force. Some people are much more sensitive to time pressure than others. How much better not to feel any time pressure, to blossom fully despite the fact that death exists.

The attitude that life is a blossoming, not a race, can be achieved. To do that, you can’t believe that time is running out. Sending that message to your body’s cells is the same, ultimately, as programming them to age and die.

Yet the fact is that linear time is moving inexorably forward, and to overcome that, we must find a place where a different kind of time, or no time, can be experienced and internalized.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).


Ana Passos
Ana Passos5 years ago

hate time pressure

Carolyn Dakin
Carolyn Dakin7 years ago

I would dearly love to go at my own pace all of the time but society dictates deadlines which I feel the need to keep up with (Tax returns etc)

Mari Basque
Mari 's7 years ago


karin m.
Karin M7 years ago


heather g.
heather g7 years ago

I am always shocked at the time wasted (and pollution caused) by daily traffic jams and inefficient road systems. The time could certainly be spent doing more productive things and increasing GDP.
It seems as if an individual's time is not respected and there is a huge loss of production caused by having to be kept waiting 'On Hold' because companies and Govt offices don't employ sufficient people to deal with public enquiries. The whole system seems so awfully inefficient.

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

Thanx for post.

Tori W.
Past Member 7 years ago


Loo Samantha
Loo sam7 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago

thanks for the article.

Kay L.
KayL NOFORWARDS7 years ago

Modern job requirements often conflict with the desire to live at one's own pace. And in this economy, keeping one's job often out trumpts any desire to live at a slower pace.