4 07, 2022

Celtic Irish Sense of Time


The Irish culture of our ancestors had a very different relationship with time. There really was a sense of when God made time he made plenty of it, typified in the quote attributed to a whole series of Irish luminaries including poet Patrick Kavanagh: “There are over thirty words in the Irish language that are equivalent to the Spanish ‘mañana ‘. But somehow none of them conveys the same sense of urgency.” Cultures in a sense carry with them a history of nostalgia for what has been lost and as generations come and go there is always loss. Not only [...]

Celtic Irish Sense of Time2022-11-09T12:06:54+00:00
3 06, 2022

Time as a Conversation on Possibility


Aside from a call or two, I set aside most of my Fridays to catching up with myself. This morning started in the early hours with a reflection on the week followed by Yoga Nidra. I then really felt called to slow down even further in the company of John O'Donohue and Krista Tippett in this wonderful conversation on the Inner Landscape of Beauty. The conversation wanders, as conversations do and particularly in Ireland, onto beautifully fertile ground for exploration. One particular quote really resonated this morning: “Possibility is the secret heart of time. On its outer surface, time is [...]

Time as a Conversation on Possibility2022-11-17T10:59:12+00:00
5 04, 2022

Ever Told You Are a Procrastinator?


Reading time: 2 minutes You’re not alone. Pretty much everyone procrastinates in some way and up to 20% of the adult population are deemed chronic sufferers. There is no doubt that there can be real world consequences if you consistently miss deadlines at work or in life. Business can be lost and fines levied. And yet, if we’re honest, many deadlines are wholly arbitrary, particularly the ones we set ourselves. What’s more, how does labelling people with a problem or telling them they are wasting their lives help? Might there not be less aggressive means of framing what in essence [...]

Ever Told You Are a Procrastinator?2022-04-19T07:05:17+00:00
5 04, 2022

Does Time = Experience?


Reading time: 2 minutesThe question for us all is can we alter our experience of what we see as less meaningful activities and create more positive and memorable moments?How we perceive time has a significant impact on our day-to-day lives and more broadly on public policy. Research suggests that an hour spent on a meaningful activity carries more perceived value than an hour spent on something felt to be less meaningful. As a result, much effort and money is spent on ways of shortening such less meaningful activities. Take, for example, the money spent on infrastructure to shorten journey times. [...]

Does Time = Experience?2022-04-05T10:07:10+00:00
22 03, 2022

Can Time be Lost?


The question of “Can time be lost?” came up recently in conversation. The feeling was that once you lose control over how you “spend” your time it is in essence lost. The examples given were being stuck in traffic or kept waiting for an appointment. Clearly very few of us would actively choose such options. And yet, like it or not, we are still living those moments so why not make the most of them? Those traffic lights can be a source of stress (holding us up from whatever we are to do next) or in the words of Thich [...]

Can Time be Lost?2022-03-22T14:37:38+00:00
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