A complete contradiction of course but in its own way true. Intensity of circumstance has its own way of bending time - making the hours seem to last for weeks and the weeks fly past in an hour. It is a deafening cacophony of busyness if we cannot retreat into the stillness behind the chaos and just watch as the stories unfold. But watching can lead to wondering and wondering leads to wistfulness and before long I am duelling with Time and Expectation.
Terri Windling's blog has always been for me a source of inspiration and comfort, amongst it I found a quote from Martin Shaw's lightning tree..
"All storytellers know that two types of time exist: one is the twenty-four hours, the school run, the bill-paying, forever catching-up time of our everyday world; but behind that looms the energy of mythic time, the great cycles that pulse from generation to generation. These great wheels infuse the everyday with nourishment, 'eternity in a grain of sand.' The philosopher Plotinus suggested that while the body favors a straight line, the soul hankers for the circle.
"This mythic, circular time (which is really no kind of time at all) laughs at the straight line and the alarm clock. Without it -- even with all the riches of the world -- we can enter the arena of the meaningless. As markets collapse and the world heats up, we would do well to see Coyote's claws opening holes between the two. We live in an era of tremendous possibility."
The doorways to this circular time lie in many places, though for me the most direct route is when I'm in nature or when I'm creating a piece of art....
Original size 4 1/2" x 11"
We always have all we need for the journey, The Universe would not have it any other way.
" As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears."