The entire concept of time is in the hands of humans—literally. Egyptians divided the day into 12 parts because there are 12 knuckles on the fingers, and later we got to 60 subdivisions (hours, minutes, seconds) because of its ease of divisibility—an operation we did on our hands before we had iPhones. .
We created time as something to hold onto, to control, to predict. Comforting as it may be, though, there's nothing to time without the thing that controls every element of our being, and which is entirely out of our control: the sun. Just trying to look at it destroys us, let alone touch it. We don't have time at all; if anything, time has us, and the fear of losing it (i.e., death) underlies all of our primal instincts. .
Short of rewiring our brains, we can find a more amicable relationship with time and our lack of it. How? Enjoy it! A radical idea, I know, but easier than you may think. When we accept time itself as an artificial construct, we can fall back on the reliability of nature. As we're breathed during the day, we can delegate keeping time of our lives to our lungs; when sleep overcomes us, we can assign detoxing to our livers instead of spending $20 on a cleanse. When we trust that time will hold us as long as we need to, we're engaging in the ultimate rebellion against the system that makes us afraid of ourselves.
So go ahead, be late to your meeting. Practice yoga for 80 minutes, or 43 minutes, or 7 minutes. Make another cup of tea and sip it extra slow. The only person stopping you is your belief that there won't be another meeting, or practice, or cup of tea. Even if there isn't, wouldn't you rather have savored the one you had?
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