However we mark the passage of time, there seems to be an ever-increasing need to cram more into the day. In the UK it seems that our ears are almost permanently ‘welded’ to the mobile phone. Are we naturally conversational? It’s probably more about an increased desire in ‘doing’ more.
‘You have travelled too fast over false ground; Now your soul has come to take you back.’ John O’Donohue
As an amateur astronomer I know the seasons from which constellations peep over the horizon and what meteor showers are due; as a herbalist, I am aware of which plants are in season and can mark time that way. Stars and plants have their own cycle, and will not be hurried. As someone that loves ritual, I’m aware of how important timing is. True ritual as the Celts and Druids of old knew, that ushers us into ‘sacred time’, cannot be rushed. Try to rush it, and you miss the reason for doing it, and you remain in ‘ordinary time’. They also knew about plants and trees, the seasons, something which many are unaware of – the rise in the interest of ancient belief may restore this wisdom.
Ancient people, including the Celts, had a notion of the need for ‘body time’ and ‘soul time’ to be in synch. Travel too fast, physically, and you might have to wait for your soul to catch up.
A Western traveller to Africa some time age, working to a tight schedule was annoyed when, after a few days, his guides refused to move on. ‘This is a waste of valuable time. Can someone tell me what’s going on here?, he shouted. The translator looked at him and calmly answered, ‘They’re waiting for their souls to catch up with their bodies.’ Terry Hershey, Sacred Necessities: Gifts for Living with Passion, Purpose, and Grace.
It seems to me that there is a God-given natural rhythm to nature, to life, which we exceed constantly at our peril. Ofcourse, when working we have to work to company schedules, but where you can, maybe tonight, after work – relax and let your soul catch up with your body. Slow.