Living Well in Deep Time


“How did it get so late so soon?” –Dr. Seuss

One thing I’ve noticed with aging, hopefully wisely, is that I’m discovering a new relationship with time.

If you’re even half awake, you realize within the next (you fill in the blank) you will be at the end of your life.

Like a deep sea scuba diver whose been submerged for a long time, you have an inner sense there is only so much air left in the tank. You know that you’re going to have to resurface soon and eventually go Home.

This sense of diminishing supply for me has brought about a new awareness of being present in the now.

My soul seems to hunger to savor time rather than spend it.

It’s what wisdom teachers call “Deep Time”.

William Glasser writes about experiencing time through three different lenses: Speed, Quality, and Depth.

All are necessary. One is not better than the other. Some cultures emphasize one over the others.

When we are in the speed gear we cover lots of ground, get things done, have full schedules, check items off on our lists and are measured by numbers. Speed time is very American.

Giving our attention to quality we notice beauty, design, taste, craft, nuances, and lasting impact. Quality isn’t in a hurry.

Depth shifts into timelessness, where one has the space to contemplate life. No one has time to think anymore it’s all about doing. Then exhausted from doing we escape or vegetate.

Deep Time allows us to explore the essence of things–to discover meaning, wisdom, and wholeness.

It is a movement from what you do to why you do it. It’s creating space to discover meaning and engaging in Mystery.

Fr. Richard Rohr urges men of all ages to consider contemplation as a new way into spiritual depth. Here’s an interview with Richard Rohr by Krista Tippet on Living in Deep Time.

Take a moment to listen to issues such as “father hunger” and taking the drive to “successful survival” all the way to the meaning of it all.

When you’re faced with the decision on how to best invest this precious resource called time, you might find it helpful to pass your choice through these questions:

Will this opportunity offer me experiences of speed, quality, or depth? (Sometimes speed is just what the doctor ordered.)

How is my relationship with time bringing me joy or wearing me out?

What in your life is calling for more “Deep Time”?

May your experiences be done in a timely manner that leads you to a fulfilling life.

Let’s be good medicine,