All You Have is Now, Dummies

By February 17, 2011 Present Moment 6 Comments

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, and I’m saying it NOW – Now is all we have. Then is nothing but an illusion, meaning what happened in the past or what will happen in the future. The only time we are able to experience anything is now. But just what the hell does that really mean?

I don’t know if I just understand the concept better than others or if people are just too ingrained in then thinking to grasp it, but whatever the reason, I just don’t understand how anyone can’t comprehend the present moment after 3 minutes of contemplation. I’m going to try and break it down as simple and direct as possible. If you still don’t understand it after this post then… you’re hopeless.

So then, what is time? I think it’s easier if I first explain what time is not. Time is not a second, minute or hour. These are just measurements of time which is the same as measurements of shapes, as shown below.

So time can be measured, just like the side of a triangle can be measured. The length of the side of the triangle above is 2 cm, but you wouldn’t say the object is the measurement. In the same way, you wouldn’t say that the length of time, in this case 2 hours, is time. The triangle has a length of 2 cm and time has a length of 2 hours. Time is not the distance or measurement. Time is not an hour, a day, a year, or anything else. These are just measurements or lengths of time.

Time can be more accurately represented as a dot on a line, as shown below.

The dot continuously moves along the line, going through different periods or measurements, but time is always contained within that one small dot. Time is only now. Time is that dot moving forward across a line. Each and every event in your life is experienced in the dot – now, in the present moment. Time flows like a river. Time flows in the dot. Time just is, now.

So to recap:

– Time is not how it is measured (second, minute, hour, etc.)
– Time is a dot moving along a line.
– We experience everything within this dot.
– All we have is the now or the present moment.

That’s as easy as I can break it down. Is anyone still confused? If so, please let me know.


  • Adam says:

    Another interesting concept to recap on is time relative to movement. Now think about this, as we all know there is a super black hole in the center of our galaxy. As we get closer to the center. Our galaxy accelerates dramatically. Another point is light, as we view into space with our “most powerful telescopes” we are looking back into time. So a question is, at what point in time is our acceleration describe our “now reality” compared to the rest of the other galaxies(matter)? What is our rate of experiencing time? Would time stop if we found a way to completely stop? Is a black hole nothing more then time and matter coming to a complete stop hence causing a hold leading to absolute zero. Is movement 1 and stopping 0?

  • Matt says:

    Man who invented the measurements of time.. who decided what a second was, or a minute, hour or a month. Or actually.. they probably just counted tics from sunrise to sunset.

  • givememyleg says:

    @Adam, yeah as we venture deeper into space and travel to the speed of light, strange things happen to time. If I’m not mistaken, the closer you get to a blackhole, the slower time goes and would eventually freeze. You would probably also be torn apart into a trillion different atoms. 😉

    @Matt, What is confusing to me about this is why did they choose 60? Why not make it easy with 100 seconds in 1 minute, 100 minutes in 1 hour.. or even 50 or something.

  • givememyleg says:

    @Matt again. You comment inspired me to do some research, and this wiki article was really interesting –

    It was the Ancient Egyptians around 3500 BC who created the 24 hour day as we know it, splitting it into two 12 hour periods using large sun dials. It seems it wasn’t until the 15th and 16th century that seconds and minutes were introduced on most clocks. I guess the 60 seconds, 60 minutes, 12 hours thing comes from dividing the circle evenly. It just worked out that way from the sun dials. Cool stuff.

  • Matt says:

    Hm, very interesting. Life would have been weird the day before they invented measurements of time!

    Can you set something up on your blog to notify people via email when there’s activity on a post you’ve commented on?

  • givememyleg says:

    I thought that was setup by default but I guess not. Checking that out now!

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