Lived time Life beyond clock time Mariana Funes Cogni.ve Coach and medita.on teacher
We are caught in a race… When you are digging yourself in a hole it is good to stop The digging Our ideas about .me are great killing us speed up Time is a human construct
We can manage time And beware of ,me lock 1884 Standard clock .me Clock .me is a man-‐made construct Detached from our senses Fragmented About breaking up And the management of years, months, hours… “I only have 5 minutes to give you”
We can live time And ﬁnd all the ,me in the world Connec.on with lived experience AMen.on to the senses World has a voice through our ac.ons Enmeshed in our inner rhythms “I will meet you at the .me the cows go grazing”
Time is just a metaphor And metaphors have limita,ons Is Time is money? We have Time dollars, Time banks, and are Time poor.Time is a non-renewable resource that can be used up, budgeted. Economic model of growth is mapped on to it and we say “there aren‘t enough hours in the day!” Or is Time is a landscape? And wemove through it. Time is fixed and we control how we move through it.Centre of gravity is lived experience. Economic model of sufficiencymapped on to it and we say “I could not find a path to do that”
Attention Deficit Trait Brain turns to survival mode We are run by nega.ve emo.ons: fear, anxiety, impa.ence, irritability, anger or panic Body goes into red alert and frontal lobes lose their sophis.ca.on and their ability to func.on Execu.ve func.oning becomes ‘black and white thinking’ ‘In a fu.le aMempt to do more than is possible the brain reduces its ability to think clearly’
Solution upfront Just STOP • Start saying yes to ongoing quality of mind S • Test diﬀerent rhythms in your day T • Oversee consump,on, consump,on takes ,me o • Plan to preserve the ineﬃciencies that remain p
There are options ‘Pacman’ mind or peace of mind The clue is in inner viewing, train your mind to single-‐task. It really is not that good at mul.-‐tasking
The time staircase Pa,ence, discipline and prac,ce Pause and imagine you have You live life to the understood your full in the middle rela.onship to of ongoing .me .me and it is You ﬁnd other working ways to relate to Become aware of .me beyond your current narrowing it down assump.ons about .me
Time coaching:Your relationship to timeWhat does time mean to you?Tell me more, how is that?And as you say that, what comes to mind?
Train you attention Choosing to react • Focused aMen.on: The ac.on of responding discretely to speciﬁc visual, auditory or physical s.mula.on. • Sustained aMen.on: The act of maintaining consistent concentra.on during ac.vity. • Selec.ve aMen.on: The ac.ons of maintaining behavioral or cogni.ve process during distrac.ng or compe.ng behavior. • Alterna.ng aMen.on: The ac.on of moving between tasks having diﬀerent cogni.ve requirements. Moments stand for all in our lives that we cannot control and it is here that we can make a choice to prac6ce each day to incline our mind to a8end
Voluntary Sustained AttentionHow long can we on average, maintain our attention on anunmoving object?Excitation, fragmentation, lethargyAnd then….respite for a second: we focus on realitywithout discursivenessOur minds are like untrained horsesMeditation trains our sense of time
Practice The First Step up the ,me staircase • Catch yourself wan.ng to be eﬃcient and stop it: You will hear yourself wan.ng to terminate a conversa.on because it is not going anywhere. You will think of calling a friend you have not spoken to for a while, and decide you can’t because you have too much to do. 4 .mes a day when you catch yourself wan.ng to be eﬃcient in this way -‐ just stop it -‐ allow yourself to be splendidly ineﬃcient! • Always ask : What am I being eﬃcient for? • ‘Whatever is worthwhile about us is the ineﬃcient part. Ineﬃciency is where human life exists’ Eduard LuMwark
Practice The First Step up the ,me staircase Anne McCrary Sullivans aMen.on prac.ce -‐ In another homework assignment, I would ask them to ﬁnd a place where there is nothing going on. Sit there for ten minutes and record everything that happens. The important thing is that you stay with your prac.ce for the 10 minutes and keep staring.’
Conquering Time Once and For All Somewhere Ive wri-en So each day I will see The admonishing le-ers TTT. When you see how hard it is To scrub oﬀ the grime, Dont ever forget that Things Take Time. Piet Hein Quoted in Unwinding the clock by Bodil Jonson.
Conquering Time Once and For All Focus on stability Slow reading RepeHHon and rouHne Switch ‘self oﬀ Develop an a-enHon span longer than 300ms Learn to noHce what takes you away from ‘now’ Accept the ‘paradox of ineﬃciency’ .
Slow reading 1. Allow 30 minutes for this ac.vity. Find a 5. When something strikes you, stop. Repeat quiet place and a quiet mind to allow you to that par.cular phrase several .mes. Let it direct your aMen.on to a favourite sink into your heart. inspira.onal text: use the poem in the introduc.on to this retreat or ﬁnd a short 6. Next is your response -‐ how does this poem or paragraph that speaks to you word/phrase aﬀect you? Is it a word/phrase emo.onally and/or spiritually of correc.on or encouragement? 2. Focus on understanding and trust your 7. Stay with it un.l you have received all the awareness will remove from your mind and nourishment that is possible from it heart all that makes you unrecep.ve to understanding this text. Find a sense of 8. Keep reading for the .me you have giving yourself over to your reading. allowed following process above each .me something strikes you. 3. Ask those you love past and present to accompany you in your reading 9. End by making some resolu.on as a result of what you have read 4. Read a liMle, slowly forming the words with your lips, keeping your hearts alert, 10. Write down anything that strikes you lefng the words ﬁnd their way to your while you read. heart, keep your mind aMen.ve.
Time coaching:A new relationship to timeSo time is ....What is happening?And how is that?
‘Quick’ Fixes Take a few mini-‐breaks during the day, concentrate on your breathing Get to meeHngs early so that you can focus on self and environment before others arrive Pause aTer you ﬁnish one task and before beginning another. Make pauses last several minutes PracHce mindfulness by doing one thing at a Hme, giving it your full a-enHon. You can try this with a cup of tea in the oﬃce. It will shiT you focus and sharpen your a-enHon Learn how to Hme-‐shiT in the midst of busyness: whilst waiHng for the liT, pay a-enHon to what is around you, rather than feeling the rush and anxiety of tasks that are waiHng .
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Conquering Time Once and For All ‘I understand that my 6me is truly my 6me. And even though the pace of my life, like everyone else’s, is oBen directed by the world around me, it has become clear that people have considerably more control over their tempos than they oBen let themselves believe. And I have come to see another basic truth: that our 6me is our life. How we construct and use our 6me deﬁnes the texture and quality of our existence.’ Robert Levine in the Geography of .me .