Beth's Ponderings “Home is where the heart is” - we’ve probably all heard this quote many times in our lives, and may have even used it a time or two ourselves. To some people, this refers to the building in which they reside. They take great pride in their houses and yards, making them as large and beautiful as they can. They invest lots of time, money and energy into these dwellings. In some cases, to the point that it no longer appears as if real people live in the home, it is just so perfect. In other cases, the home in question could refer to the workplace, if that is where you end up spending the majority of your time and energy. Along a similar vein, time spent on special hobbies could be considered a home as you often put your best efforts - aka heart - into them. To others, the home refers to the people around them. This includes family members, close friends, and work colleagues. It is the daily interactions with the people you love the most that makes a home. But here’s another way to look at that quote. Where is your real heart? I’m referring to the organ that pumps blood around your body and keeps you alive. It’s in the middle of your torso, in your body. So that means that home is literally your body. How many of us feel “at home” in our bodies? How many of us can say we feel totally comfortable in our own skin? If we look around us, we see countless ads and products for improving our bodies from makeup to exercise equipment, diets to surgery, and much more. As a society, we tend to either put too much emphasis on changing our bodies - thus hiding them behind a mask or veneer - or too much emphasis on neglecting our bodies - through poor habits or certain mental or spiritual pursuits. We tend to have a public and a private persona and what other people see depends on our location. What would happen if you let yourself be totally at home in your body? As you are, who you are. And what would happen if you shared that particular you with those around you?
Beth's Ponderings Does it feel like time is going by faster and faster the older you get? If it does, you’re not imagining it. Time really is going faster, though probably not for the reason you think it is. Scientists, particularly quantum physicists, have discovered that time really is relative to where you (or the clock) are in relation to the gravitational field, and whether you (or the clock) are moving or not. The closer you are to the centre of the gravitational field, the slower time goes. Additionally, if you are moving, time goes faster than if you are stationary. Realize, of course, that we are never totally stationary as we are on a rotating planet that revolves around the sun. What does that mean? Your head travels faster than your feet - even if (or especially if) you are standing still. While the difference in speed is so minute you’d need a special clock to record the extremely small increment changes, your body registers the difference, and it does have an impact on you. That is one reason why time goes slower for children - they are closer to the ground. Which is why it takes so long for Christmas or a birthday to arrive for a child, yet it seems like yesterday was Christmas to adults. The view of watching scenery go by you as you drive not only creates an illusion of time passing quickly, it really is passing more quickly. Again, not enough for us to register on a normal clock, yet our bodies notice. Ever experienced jetlag after a flight? It wasn’t the time zone difference that caused it. How do you slow down time? One way is by not moving around so much in high speed vehicles - use a slower means of travel such as bike or walking. Being active is important to health, however we should engage in moderate activities with rests interspersed throughout, rather than rushing through one event and then rushing to another and then another all day long. As well, put your feet and head on the same level for a few moments during the day - preferably as close to the floor as possible - will help to even out your body’s perception of the passing time.