How to Slow Down Time

Another year over and you’re wondering where the time went? Well, although we can’t turn back time, here are a couple of tips on how to keep it from picking up speed as it goes by.

timeby Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D

Why is it that time appears to go more quickly as we get older?

There are some recent books that tackle this psychological issue, and while there are a number of theories, the best explanation is that novel experiences seem to slow time perception down. Repetition of events seems to make them go faster…

I have written about time perception before, and readers have proposed some competing theories. One popular theory maintains that there is a sort of mathematical formula going on that divides our lifetime. As an 8-year-old child, a year is one-eighth of the lifetime – a significant (and memorable) portion; as a 50-year old, it’s only one-fiftieth. But that theory assumes that our brains work like computers, storing every single bit of information, like a filmed, life-long documentary. But that’s not how the brain works.

Perception and memory psychologists argue that memories are a social re-construction, not a literal record like computer files. Not every memory is stored as a distinct event, and the vast majority of our memories of places and times are not accessible.

Here’s [an] example: The first time you drive to a distant locale, it seems like it takes forever (remember that first weekend getaway, or commuting trip the first day of the new job?). As you repeat the drive, over and over, the time flies by, and you can’t recall any specific trip, unless something “memorable” happens. A really long traffic jam; a fender bender; etc. Or, the first day of a two-week beachside vacation seems to go on and on, a long, and enjoyable experience (“Wow, I’ve got two whole weeks of this!”). But before you know it, your packing for home.

So what is the key to time perception? Routine makes time go faster, unique and memorable events slow down time. Although there is comfort in routine, it does make time fly. So, if you want to “slow down” time… change the routine. Create unique experiences for each one. You can also engage in greater mindfulness – focusing on and savoring each passing moment. The old adage of “live for the moment” is the key to slowing down those quickly passing years.

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What is time really? Does it even exist in the ‘real’ world? Can you control time or turn back time? Does it even matter?

Here on the physical plane there is the illusion of time. Linear time, which moves only forward. You have your past, your present and your future time points. And each and every one of you feels the progression of this flow of time. Many even wear watches or use clocks to mark the passage of this time. Your physical bodies ‘age’ as time progresses. You feel limited by this passage of time. And now, more than ever before, many of you say ‘there is just not enough time’.

But what if we were to tell you that time does not really exist? And that your practices of delineating your days by time is…….. a ‘waste of time’. You are in fact living all points of ‘time’…

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Dichotomy

Hilarious commentary on time picking up speed, optimism, pessimism, reality and perception….

the lotus experience

Yes, when I turned the corner of 20 onto 30, I was in a much more optimistic state. That state lasted for a few years and trickled off at around 36. Not surprisingly, this clip captures what the inside of my brain sounds like now. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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