Throw away your clock (time)
I threw away the clock from the massage room years ago. You never see one in a
restaurant, do you?

A review of the literature on higher states of awareness reveals that there's only one time, and that is now.

Sports psychologist Kenneth Revizza of California State University in Fullerton once interviewed several athletes about peak performance. A common element they
described can be summed up like this: "I was unconscious. Everything was in slow motion." Or in other words, time was becoming focused in the now, it was "thickening."

Kairos is a Greek word that can possibly be translated as a "thickening" of time
- those moments when we are more here now. It does not refer to linear time as such.

"Behold, now is the acceptable time (kairos)."  /  - 2 Corinthians 6:2

(I'm getting that kairos must be experienced or "gotten"; it can't be figured out by the mere brain.)

Even a broken clock is correct at least twice a day.

Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751) was a contemplative Jesuit priest who didn't particularly care for his administrative
duties. He wrote, possibly from direct
experience, not from his mind, that "the present moment is always overflowing with immeasurable riches, far more than you are able to hold."

Erich Kahler was one of the more highly regarded scholars and essayists of the mid-20th century. Best known for his Tower and the Abyss (1957), he was enthusiastically praised by Thomas Mann (German winner of Nobel Prize for literature, 1929) as well as Einstein. Kahler was not overly focused on the nature of time, but in his notes on
various great modern poets he remarked how they each approached "a profound
feeling of contraction not only of space but of time
- a gathering of all times and their contents, of our entire existence into one sublime moment, a concentration which is almost equivalent to an abolition of time."

So, when we're on top of our game in the massage room, our experience of time should alter, which leads me to a personal maxim:
"Reverent focus alters time."
Without achieving this benchmark, the massage is not succeeding.

When we were children, summer vacation lasted for an eternity. As adults, summer becomes a blur. Our perception of time speeds up as we become more unconscious about it, allowing excessive thoughts to drown out our experience of the moment.

Said British author
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784): "No mind is much employed upon the present. Recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments." To put it
another way, we spend a surprising amount of time daydreaming about future
possibilities or past events.

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius meant pretty much the same thing when he said: "The life of the spirit has no meaning either in the past or in the future. All its life is concentrated in the present."

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773): 'Take care of the
minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.'

Goethe, the great German writer/philosopher (1749-1832): 'Only in the present time can we understand eternity.'

Gateway to the loony bin

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): The future is only an illusion inferred from our
present state. What is important is not the length of life, but the depth of life. What is most important is not to make life longer, but to take your soul
out of time, as every sublime (focused in a higher space) act does.

Thoreau (1817-1862): As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

Rumi, the sufi/mystic poet (1207-1273): The Sufi is the son of time present.

"Have no thought for the morrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself." - Matthew 6:34

Emmet Fox (1886-1951), an American author and lecturer, updated the above
translation this way: "As are thy thoughts, so shall thy life be." He also said we are not to allow ourselves to dwell on a negative thought, even for a moment. He also said, "The art of life is to live in the
present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God
Himself." (He's hinting that living in the moment requires
letting go.)

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