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The Curious Relationship Between Time and Meditation.

Why does time seem to fly by for some meditators?

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Einstein explained that time is an interval between two events, just as distance is an interval between two points in space.

At point A, there is no distance.

Internally, we measure time by connecting intervals of thoughts.

Externally, we created tools like clocks to demonstrate that an event occurred. As one watches a clock, an interval can be one second to the next.

But what happens in between those intervals? Aren’t there just more intervals?

When you go within your physical bodies, aren’t there just more layers, down to subatomic levels, quarks and on and on to another possible field of existence?

Could we do the same thing with time, so that time itself meets its horizon, and there it seemingly freezes, as if it were an ocean expecting the sun to rise?

We measure time from events.

We also measure time within us as we are coming in the event and going out of the event.

No event is possible without an experience. And, therefore, time is the interval between two experiences.

What is an experience?

You could say you saw the sunrise. This is an experience. You could also watch it set, only for it to rise again and then say that you experienced a day.

What is a day then? Is it not an experience — an interval between the previous day which is just a memory, a thought?

Since there are no experiences without thoughts, time is the interval between two thoughts.

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There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of thoughts.

Maybe this is why we are so consumed with time, asking what it is, wondering how we can have more of it.

When we have too many thoughts, when our minds become lost in a sea of them and it feels like we are drowning, agitated or annoyed, our biological clocks are moving very fast, but the external clocks don’t seem to be moving fast enough.

This is why time has been called relative — it is relative to where you are.

Time intervals change according to the speed of the system relative to the observer’s frame of reference.

When you begin meditating, this is one of the first things you experience:

Time and meditation seem to fly by.

When you slow down your thoughts, you slow down your experiences.

When you slow down your experiences, you slow down your events.

When you slow down your events, you slow down the intervals between them.

Slow down your thoughts, and eons can pass in a second.

Before time, there was the first thought. Then, there was an event which created an interval. So time, you could say, was born on the second thought and that’s why we call the first unit of time a second, rather than a first.

And what was there before the first thought?

This is the greatest mystery known to humans.

However, can any thought be without you being conscious of it?

If thought cannot be without you being conscious of it, nor can time be without you being aware of it.

This consciousness — pure consciousness — is before time and therefore unconditioned by time.

This article was inspired by the teaching of Jaggi Vasudev, commonly known as Sadhguru, an Indian yogi, mystic and New York Times bestselling author.