|Spiritual Practice of Time
|Translated by Reynold
|Most people these days, it seems, are running from time, or battling with
time. Yet, it is possible to reconcile the self with time by opening the way to
timelessness within time. While the practice of salaat (ritual prayer) has
coordinates in time (in relation to sunrise, noon, sunset, etc.), the actual
practice is the stopping of time and full attention on Being. During salaat or
zhikr we enter into a timeless state of presence where we experience a
“time” free from the pressures of time.
time, Gregorian calendar time, is mechanical, quantitative, and artificial. Our
spiritual time, which is governed by the cycles of the moon, and the
proportions of the solar day is an altogether different kind of time. Then,
within those proportions and rhythms are the moments when the portals to
timelessness are marked and we enter the presence of the Divine.
In such a time, the presence of the breath becomes very real. We live our
lives in breaths not in minutes or seconds. (I shaped him and breathed My
spirit into him. 38:72). Awareness of our breathing brings us into a different,
more organic quality of time—a human, rather than a mechanical time. Our
spiritual practice takes place in this quality of time.
Time Profane and Sacred
Profane time is the state of feeling as if we have no time. Profane time is the
time governed by fragmented attention and colored by the negative emotions
of haste and anxiety.
Sacred time is a state of presence that brings with it the possibility of
undistracted attention, direct relationship, patience, and openness. We can
learn to enter that state of timelessness at will. Perhaps the first step is
slowing down and consciously entering the present moment. The next step is
more subtle—it is experiencing and living the moment with awareness of the
loving, nurturing, guiding presence of the Divine.
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|Kabir Helminski, Eid 2009
Excerpt taken from
The Threshold Society