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I was listening to DNTO (definitely not the opera) on CBC radio a couple of days ago. They mused about the perspective of time.  The contributors who experienced events or activities that completely consumed their consciousness, described time as being suspended in an effortless bliss.

I've listened to neurological anatomist Jill Bolte Taylor speak about the left side of the brain processing past experiences and future endevours, as well as tracking the numerous daily tasks. She went on to describe the right side of the brain as the portal to the universe, the place of "just being" - our true selves - where inspiration and creativity are born.  The place of truth and beauty.

With the warming weather I remember my childhood anticipation of summer holidays, they seemed to last a lifetime.  It contrasts dramatically to my adult experience of time whizzing by unchecked. 
I wonder if the secret to a long and happy life is being able to live in the moment, suspending time in an eternity. 
I imagine this same experience transpires when we engage with inspired art, music and honest design. 
Living in the moment seems to be such a natural state of mind for a child and an elusive skill for an adult. When I think of it, the past is filled with memories of these moments, and the future is only a promise of moments to come.
Living in the moment is all we really ever have.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Reader Comments (3)

There's a song in there....and if you see the eyes of the elderly even the infirm ones, you can see the sparkle return @ times when they are in the moment. I think we get side tracked just keepin on/keepin up etc : )

June 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaul shrubsole

Your written words are as powerful as your design. It's interesting, a prevailing theme in my own work reflects some of the same thoughts you've expressed here. Well done Shane.

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersue

I think I want to always dwell on the right side of the brain. The place of 'inspiration and creativity'... I think to be truly inspired and to allow our creativity freedom to produce works, we really need to dwell in the moment as it is. Any poisonous thoughts of yesterday or pretentious thoughts of tomorrow, will really only limit that freedom. Its one thing to be inspired... lots of things can inspire, but are we free enough to allow our right side brain break through and reign free?

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber Harloff

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