The Greeks believed that time had secret structure There was the time of ‘epiphany’ when time suddenly opened and something was revealed in luminous clarity. There was the moment of ‘krisis’ when time got entangled and directions became confused and contradictory. There was also the moment of ‘kairos’; this was the propitious moment.*
To live a conscious life, we need to constantly refine our listening.**
What time is it?
Not the time of day, but where you find yourself in what you must do?
There’s a time to work and a time to rest.
There’s a time to wait and be open and receive.
And there’s a time to wrestle with what’s important to you when it’s not going right.
There’s a time to continue working at something because it’s not finished.
And there’s a time to stop what you’re doing and deliver.
All of these are legitimate times and accepting this allows us to listen to the times and use them well in service to what we must do:
We must face the fact that we have a responsibility to own what’s possible. Opportunity abounds And that’s both a comforting and a scary thought.^
*From Lewis Hyde’s A Primer for Forgetting;
**From John O’Donohue’s Benedictus;
^From Bernadette Jiwa’s The Story of Telling blog: The Bounds of Possibility.