#41 Time, What Time ?
Humans everywhere create and rely on concepts of time- ideas about the nature of time that allow us to make plans, share memories and discuss possible futures.
How does our perception of time impact us and the decisions we make and the way we run our lives?
Demonstrations of time dilation on the Space Shuttle proved that clocks ran slightly slower than reference clocks on Earth. Atomic clocks on satellites appear to run faster. In most cultures, time is expressed in spatial metaphors, but these expressions are not universal – they are products of our culture, language and environment. Many cultures express the future as being ahead of them, but for some cultures, it is expressed as being behind them.
We don’t really have a complete understanding of time and how it functions nor is our concept of time universal. Our understanding of time is based purely on our own experience of it on Earth.
What does this mean for recovering addicts where for many of us, the past is where anger and resentment come from and the future is where fear and anxiety are based?
We cannot suspend time nor dismiss it but learning to live in the moment helps us to cope.
I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I enjoyed the discussion.
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