You might have heard sentences like “Life is too short to ……” or “Life is too long….”. You might have made such utterances on your own. What do they mean? Do they seem to hold any ground? Aren’t they often contradictory?
I know that you figured it all out long ago. Very well; therefore I intend to indulge into a mediocre rant [Do you have rants qualifying as ‘extraordinary’, I wonder]. You know that the sentences like “Life is too short…” or the sentences like “Life is too long…” are subjective sentences, often merely spoken as expressions of temporal experiences of subjects. That’s great. Why these expressions are different and even contrary at times, i. e. why does the life look like a smooth breeze of air touching you for a moment and at times looks like an everlasting waiting for something to happen?
[Here, I have not erred in using ‘at times’. The subjects might be 1. You—separated from you in time or 2. Your neighbor—separated from you in space. We can use anyone of the subjects in the sentence above, assuming that experiences change.]
As an aside: I should address the word ‘Life’ in the sentence above. Life as used in the sentence above stands for Life-Story, which is woven around our experiences and memories and expectations, whereas ‘Life’, in my opinion is self. You’re life, not what happens to you or what resides in your head. If you remove yourself from the equation nothing is left. Life is, because you are.
Various subjects have different sense about the passage of time. Sometimes you find it fleeting with the wings of joy and you wish to stop the time or to at least slow it down a bit and at other times it seems as time starts gnawing with its sharp horrendous teeth and you long for it to pass. When passage of time is too heavy, you need people to tell you “Do not worry, it will pass, for everything passes”.
What causes the smooth passage of time and relatively slow passage of time? My answer is: Mind. No, I am not saying that Mind causes smooth or heavy passage of time; I am saying something more than that: Time is caused by Mind. Mind causes you to feel time. Time and mind are interdependent. Where there is no mind, there is no time and where there is no time, there cannot be a mind.
What is Mind? Mind is cluster of thoughts accumulated. A thought works at a time and peculiarly enough there is no boundary of thoughts, because, they are too intermingled. It’s only with analysis, in language that you take up a sentence and say: See, there is a full stop and that is the boundary to a thought, but no such demarcation exists in the stream of thoughts in mind.
Time’s passage is related to weight of thoughts arise and subsiding in Mind. If your mind is occupied, then passage of time would be faster otherwise not. Previously I had a belief that sensations of pleasure and pain respectively cause easy and tough passages of time. Now, I think it’s more about Mind’s occupation. I cannot suggest that you’re always happy when Mind is occupied. There are situations where your survival is dependent on figuring out something and your mind is occupied but you are definitely not happy. In those situations passage of time might be easy. Similarly, you might be in what could be called most favorable circumstances with no problem on horizon, still, you might not feel good and passage of time would be too slow. What is the case? Boredom is the name given, but it’s slow passage of time and it’s caused by the incessant thoughts arising and subsiding in your mind which are random in nature and might tend to take a negative bend more often than not.