Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Tale of Two Times

We have the ability to live two entirely separate lives by how we relate to time.

I was listening to a podcast Time Is A Bully with Steve Wiens, and it clarified a mystery for me I believe can really help you to live a more abundantly rich life. Simply stated it’s this: There are two Greek words for time: Chronos, clock time, and Kairos, meaning the right, critical or opportune moment.

Into the World of Chronos

Let me expand this a bit. Chronos, clock time is our default. Created out of the sun’s rising and setting, it is a matrix we live by. We’ve created a whole separate world we teach our children to live in and by and it has become our default setting.

Living in the Eternal Present

Expanding and tweaking Kairos a bit, it is like a child lost in play, timeless, fully alive in the present moment. Kairos as I define it is deep time, living in the present moment, fully awake and fully aware.

To get things done, we don’t need better time management tools and strategies. We need a new state of awareness.

In every creative effort, we step outside of time. Eternity is the birthplace of creation, and we are created in the image and likeness of God. It’s in our God-given nature to yearn to live in the choreography of God, to create with our Creator, to walk in the Spirit of creation.

Living Time

Children at play have stepped outside of time and so do we. Play is the beauty of writing a poem, a song, painting a painting, playing in a band, singing in a choir. Everything we do can become creative. We just need to switch time zones.

In every creative effort, we step outside of Chronos time into Kairos, living time.

Life is lived in Kairos time, yet Kairos time is intentional. We choose it. This is why meditation has gone mainstream.

When we choose to awaken into the living present, our clock time falls into place.

Time reflects our inner state of awareness.

When we become still and seek God we enter Kairos.

It is not only possible to be in the living present and to get everything done, it’s the only way to live.

And it all starts in the morning.

I hope this has been helpful. Has this sparked anything within you? Are there some changes that need to happen?

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