What steals my time?

Contribution by Isabel Hernández Negrín, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain.

Tick, tock, tick, tock…

What happens when you are totally focussed on something that requires your attention and your interest?

Well, we have the sensation that not much time has passed, although at the same time it seems to have been an eternity.

And I do not say an eternity owing to a feeling of boredom, but because I have enjoyed and made such good use of the time.

Sometimes, when we are reading, or walking silently in the countryside or along the beach, we feel the peace of eternity, that is, the sensation of being outside time.

What is special about these moments?

We have focussed on what we were doing, without thinking about anything else, nor thinking about the thing itself: we have just been there.

We experience it as an eternal moment. We have not made judgements and we are open to what the experience might bring, without demanding anything else. We just accept what there is and what occurs.

This state of mind happens to us, but what would it be like if we could live like that at will? You only need to look at the world around you, deliberately, in the same way that we described above: without judging it, without demanding that it be different, just observing what there is. One second will seem like an eternity to you. Nothing can rob you of your time. Only if you let yourself.