This is such a timely (hopefully in a Kairostic sense) reminder for me. I've recently begun to feel the benefits of regular meditation too, and it seems like the next big hurdle for me to overcome is finally loosening the bear hug that Chronos has had me in for most of my life. So many of my bodily stress symptoms, I now realise, can be attributed to my inability to escape that bear hug. And the peace in those brief moments where I've managed to free myself is so liberating that it almost makes those years under Chronos worthwhile, just for the savour they add to that feeling of liberation.

I'm currently reading into Henri Bergson's ideas of Duration too, which is helping me to maintain an appreciation of Kairos time, and stumbling upon this post reassured me that my focus is where it should be right now. Thank you!

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Nov 9, 2023·edited Nov 9, 2023Liked by Adam Jacobs

Thank you Laleh!

As a musician, I have often wondered whether our disciplined use of "Chronos" time actually serves as a portal to "Kairos" time. The underlying pulse, the beating heart of music--we musicians call it "meter"--and the overlay of rhythms, are strictly in the"chronos" domain. And yet, when we find the flow of music making in the moment, there is no time at all. Hours of practice can seem to last merely minutes, as do journeys through long symphonies (Anton Bruckner, for example). It is truly a state of being that is both holy and blissful.

Why? Because the ego goes silent.

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