Ever Thought About Time Travel?


Time is such a funny illusion. We think that it controls us, when actually, we control it. To be more precise, we control our experience of it. Let me share a recent interaction with time and see if you don’t agree.

I was walking up the hill of Main Street, window shopping while enjoying the cool mountain air of Park City, Utah. This small ski town is a vibrant hub of activity all year round. The stores and restaurants that line the historic Main Street are trendy, cool and sophisticated. Think Aspen without the snobbery of the Uber rich.

Every other store seems to be an art gallery or photography studio. I admired them all, visualizing where I would hang a stunning oil painting of an aspen grove in my home. It was great fun decorating in my mind, until I saw it. The photograph that stopped time for me.

It was hung in the window next to another mountain landscape, but it told a completely different story. The image itself wasn’t as large and it was obviously taken by someone with an eye for the unusual.

I was mesmerized and hypnotized. Time stopped and I was caught in the web of wondering who built it, what was it and how old was it? Who were these people and how many different feet had walked up and down the steps that were just outside of this opening?

I stood in wonder looking at the bricks, thinking about the layers upon layers of materials that were painstakingly laid next to each other in the same pattern. Before the bricks could be laid, however, someone had to dig the hole and prepare it. Before that could happen, someone else had to design it.

As these questions (and so many more) swirled around my mind, I completely forgot about time. I stepped out of time and was living in the present moment, contemplating the past. I had no idea how long I stood there, absorbing the story of these bricks and the people who had created and used them.

Now, I as write these words, I can see that I stepped out of time while staring at this photograph. My mind took over my perception and I was instantly transported to another time and place. In those moments, I traveled through time!

Do you have any stories of time travel? Please share below.

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Another way to time travel is to meditate. If you have never meditated or just can’t seem to start a daily practice, why not try the 21 Day Heart Dancing Challenge? It takes just 15 minutes a day to meditate, journal and set an intention (the 3 steps of the Heart Dance).

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One thought on “Ever Thought About Time Travel?

  1. You have time on the mind in this post and the last! Did you ever read Slaughterhouse Five? Interesting musings on time in that book. We have such a linear concept of time, but does that reflect reality or is it something we’ve made up? It does seem to reflect the planetary days and seasons and years, but how we experience time seems quite subjective.

    I often have the experience of stepping out of time when I’m at my cabin. Sometimes I sit by the creek and watch the shadows change on the water. Only later I find out I was sitting there for an hour.

    Have you ever been in an accident where time slowed down? That happened to me twice. Both times, I’m sure only seconds passed, but I had “time” to calmly consider what was happening and react.

    Or have you ever been away from any time telling device on a densely overcast day? You don’t have a sense of the time by where the sun is. It can be very disorienting.

    About meditation, I do have a daily practice. There is another example of how a set span of time can seem like moments or hours. Sometimes the meditation period seems to last way beyond my attention span. Other times, the period is over just as I’m deep in contented contemplation.

    I’m enjoying your reflections on time!

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