You know when you say, “I need a moment” or “Just give me a moment?” What does that really mean? It means you want a time out. You want a bubble out of time where you’re in the moment “gathering yourself” or silently allowing an epiphany to come that clears up the confusion. Even when you say you need a moment to think things through, the aha! that makes sense of the situation comes when you relax thought.
Athletes have their version of this when they are playing sports. They call it being in the zone. Time slows down. They are one with their goal. They cannot fail and they know it. Some of us might recognize this as the mysterious shift in perception that kicks in at the last second of a life-or-death situation to help us steer clear of fatality.
Take the tiny moment you’ve experienced and blow it up to include all of you all the time. What if it’s not human nature to run around doing damage and damage control? What if we behave this way because we’re out of balance, and those pure moments where right actions occur in absence of you, as the decider, are fleeting moments of balance? What if real balance looks like this:
Body in time running around.
Mind timeless, giving instruction to the body.
Right now, as we live, the body is in time and projecting a psychological mind, which is also in time. But in those little moments that pockmark our lives, we see the truth that this psychological mind is an actor covering up pure action. You and I are intermediaries that need not be. Unfortunately, we want to exist as we are and so we take those moments and make them just that: moments. We incorporate them within ourselves, within time. And on we go.
Unless we see this. See it so deeply that we find ourselves in the zone. As the zone. Blessedly, out of our minds.