The Ocean of Time

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Do you ever have the feeling of “too much to do; too little time”?  Really takes a bite out of the pleasure of life, doesn’t it?  If the stress of time ever weighs on you, here’s a reading that might relax you for years to come.   It’s a different way of perceiving time. It gives me peace; I hope it does the same for you.

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15 Responses to The Ocean of Time

  1. David – Please do record this. It’s really a lovely meditation and slowed me down nicely just reading it. Thanks so much – Marty

  2. Laurie Troyer says:

    This helped me immediately – just by reading it, not even doing it as an exercise. The circles analogy, then the lake. Thanks!

  3. Carol Squires says:

    Thanks for writing this David. I think the last 10 years I’ve been on the bullet train and I need to find a way to get off before I get derailed.

  4. Suzanne Pecoraro, RD, MPH, CDE says:

    Hi David – a note from a friend/fellow educator – we have worked together in the past – not sure if you remember me. I really enjoyed the essay and have passed the site link onto a patient who struggles with many stress issues. Thanks!

  5. This is worth recording. It’s grounded in truth. There’s nothing flaky or “New Age” about the content, other than choosing to focus on relaxation. Busy people who don’t buy all those other New Age tapes will benefit from this one. You have a gift at speaking helpfully and truthfully.

  6. Very insightful. All too often I am hoping to reach the end of the line.

  7. What a delightful way to experience time. I will recommend your approach on my blog very soon (at least as soon as time floats my way and I can do it comfortably). Too often I’m on that train speeding toward some goal so far in the future that I truly miss the wonderful currents of today’s pleasures.

  8. Roger Eaton says:

    Those who like the lake of time may also enjoy

    http://crashinglybeautiful.tumblr.com

    don’t miss the “older” link at the bottom. When I go to this site, I am always astonished, awed and slowed down!

  9. June Spero says:

    I loved the idea of an ocean where in I could send my love and thanks to those gave so much to me. The words unsaid before it seemed time ran out. Perhaps the ripples can carry my feeling onto them. It feels they are somehow way ahead and not behind. Just thoughts that arose during the meditation. Thank you. It is beautiful.

  10. Linda Martin says:

    Oh, sooo relaxing just reading—almost put me to sleep! You really should record this for people to listen to. I had some relaxation tapes many years ago when I was having panic attacks. This remind me of those tapes. I could listen to them and would go to sleep almost every time before one was completed. Really helped me alot. I think this essay would be very helpful to people if they could listen to it.

  11. susan says:

    Hello David:
    A friend just forwarded me this link. Soooooo, to be really honest, the lake analogy/imagery only partially worked for me (I definitely liked the latter part of it where you brought in the communication with others part). Now, I will admit to often having a hard time getting out of my head, so it may just be me. But I guess I felt myself treading water, which was rather an antithetical feeling to what I suspect you’re trying to encourage in the first place :-) (and again, perhaps that’s just me at the moment). But I also found myself wondering, well, what about the land? We’re not just in water (given that you named the body of water as a “lake” or a “sea”). The circles, however, totally worked as imagery for me. This was a great graf: “Now, if you spend your whole life in the ocean of time, you will miss some appointments. But if you spend your whole life on the bullet train of time, you get to the end far too fast, and you will miss most of the scenery along the way.” And altho I think the last line of the post (about the trivial stuff wearing you out) is perhaps the best line in the whole piece, it really isn’t true for everyone that we always have enough time for the important stuff — at least, as soon as I read that I thought of folks dying of cancer or something like that (I did just see a movie with that theme). Last, as pretty much everyone above suggests: do a recording. Reading a computer screen is inherently not a meditative practice — quite the opposite, it stimulates certain parts of the brain you’re specifically trying to quite in a mediation, so your brain is literally working at cross purposes this way. Perhaps, til you get a recording, recommend that folks print it out and read to themselves while in a comfortable place (often also not easy to get comfy at your computer :-) ). Best of luck to you. Even though the body of water image didn’t totally work for me, I still think this was a very helpful and worthwhile exercise and that you are reaching out to help people — to touch them in that lake — is admirable. Cheers. S

  12. admin says:

    Thanks so much for all these positive and thoughtful comments. Susan, I hear you about the water not being a relaxing place for some people. I wonder how to fix that. Would it be better to make the water shallow, so you can stand up in it if needed, or make it magical, so you can endlessly float without effort, or invite people to have a boat or float of some kind if they need it? Would appreciate hearing what readers think about this.

    I stand by the idea that “we really do have all the time we need for the important things.” But you have to pay attention to them! If you let them go and get caught up in the trivial, you may, in fact, run out of time.
    Yours for wellness, justice, and peace
    David Spero RN

  13. Thank you for this meditation with some important perspective-changing concepts with respect to time and how we experience it. I know about time being circular from study of older cultures, but forget it easily in the rush of daily life. Thanks for reminding me. I’m not sure anything additional is needed for the water imagery, such as making it magical, etc. I think some particulars might appeal to some and maybe not others. I prefer embellishments that reflect “real life,” but in this case, I kinda like the idea of an ocean of time, which would be more fantastical and open to interpretation. I think that you might introduce the idea that if the listener would feel more comfortable with a boat nearby or the ability to walk toward a distant shore, etc., then you could subtlely suggest it without spelling it out. (I.e., know that you can move about any way you need to and you are always safe, always supported.) That way it does leave more to individual taste and interpretation. Good luck. I’m interested in this because I like to modify written meditations that I find to what would work for me. Even better — an mp3! That would be great!

  14. jeanette says:

    I dont like the lake time, I’m not religious. I do appreciate the exercise, and the farmers view of time and the year. Thank You, since I am tired of the bullet train.

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