Spring Forward March 13 2011
Spring ahead, as spring is doing.
It’s about the time and seasons –
About changing opportunity.
Time is marked by man –
Today we change our rhythms
As we’re told;
We’re trying to keep up with ticking time
That bends our lives to measured moments,
Belying the eternal Truth.
“The Zone.” “ Peak Experience.” Transcendence. What they share is their escape from the fetters of time and clocks. Today, as I feel the dissonance between my inner clock and the clock face on the wall, I realize that physically we are indeed creatures of time and schedule. Its almost 2, and I’m not at all hungry, because my body says it’s not lunch time yet (and yesterday at this hour it was barely time for lunch. I’ll adjust and the new time will feel normal in a couple of days – it’s a form of stationary jet lag.
But experiencing it reminds me of all the truly important insights and experiences that have nothing to do with the regularity of ticking seconds, minutes, and hours. In spirit, we are one, united with all creation. But we also really are, in our physical selves, creatures of time, day and night, space and gravity – measured, weighted, subject to the rules of age , emotion, change – creatures of duality, knowing that there’s good and evil. Duality is human, physical. We keep thinking that we’re separate, hemmed in by boundaries. We’re exactly like those field/ ground drawings – from one angle we see the crone who from another viewpoint suddenly transforms into the beauty; from one angle, we are subject to time, and from another we’re eternal. How strange!