How to make time slow down
As I get older it seems as if life is speeding up. One theory that abounds is that the more comfortable we are with doing a task, or the more automatic it becomes, the quicker time seems to pass. Our sense of time is influenced by how much information we have to process. More information leads to a sense of time passing slower. Is there anything we can do to make our days feel longer?
1) Don’t stop learning
One way to slow time down is to try new things often. When we are learning a new skill for the first time, our brain is having to work harder to acquire the skill and according to neuroscientists, this causes time to slow down. It seems getting out of our comfort zones will make the day appear longer.
2) Go to new places – get out of your comfort zone
Being out of your comfort zone offers you a lack of familiarity. This increases the amount of information that your brain has to process, thus slowing time down. New sights, smells, traditions, cultures, ways of living all help to ‘exercise’ your brain.
3) Be spontaneous
Less planning and dealing with life as it arrives can invigorate you and help you to feel alive. It feels like a real accomplishment at the end of the day when you have experienced something new. Keep adding to your collection of new experiences.
Neuroscientist David Eagleman used this example: to explain how time perception works:
Try this exercise,he suggests in a recent essay. Put this book down and go look in a mirror. Now move your eyes back and forth, so that you’re looking at your left eye, then at your right eye, then at your left eye again. When your eyes shift from one position to the other, they take time to move and land on the other location. But here’s the kicker: you never see your eyes move. There’s no evidence of any gaps in your perception” no darkened stretches like bits of blank film” yet much of what you see has been edited out. Your brain has taken a complicated scene of eyes darting back and forth and recut it as a simple one: your eyes stare straight ahead. Where did the missing moments go?
4) Live in the present moment as much as possible
Engage all your senses in ‘NOW’ According to neuroscientific research recently highlighted by Inc. Magazine, how the brain perceives time passing determines whether our days feel luxuriously long, or short and harried — and it’s something that we have a certain level of control over. By paying attention and actively noticing new things, we can slow time down.
When our brains receive new information, it doesn’t necessarily come in the proper order. The information needs to be reorganized and presented to us in a form that makes sense. When familiar information is processed, this is quick. New information, however, is a bit slower and makes time feel elongated. Another interesting fact: it isn’t just a single area of the brain that controls our time perception ”it’s done by many different areas in our brain, unlike our common five senses, which can each be pinpointed to a single, specific area.
That doesn’t mean doing something over and over again, can’t have a significant impact on your brain, in fact, practice can fundamentally rewire your brain, too. The more we use certain neural pathways in the brain, the more they strengthen – I like to visualise this as a field with tall grass. The more you walk on a specific route, the more worn down the grass becomes – creating an easier footpath to walk on. The brain works in a similar way – the channels becomes strengthened and are more easily accessible – this is why affirmations work and positive thinking can become more ‘natural’ to you over time.
Other scientific theories to consider:
Einstein proved that the closer an object comes to the speed of light, the slower time passes. Scientists have done experiments that prove Einstein’s theory to be correct using clocks moving at different speeds. So, if Einstein’s theory is correct, then the opposite must be true; if our speed decreases, time will speed up! Researcher Gregg Braden says that that is exactly what is happening. The rotation of the Earth is slowing down, and time is speeding up.
According to Gregg Braden, time is changing and speeding up. While your day in the past would be the 24 hours we know, in reality it is now only 16, and probably even less since those calculations were made. Your clock still shows the same amount of time, but it seems as though time is collapsing.
According to some researchers, the Earth has a repetitive rhythm known as a base frequency called Schumann resonance (or SR) that’s not unlike a pulse or heartbeat. After being relatively stable at 7.8 cycles per second for decades what was thought as a general constant began rapidly increasing in 1980 until reaching over 12 cycles today. Scientists haven’t quite figured out why. But since this pulse is tied in with the Earth’s magnetic field and its rotation, most sources claim that when the pulse hits 13, it will cause the Earth to stop spinning for a few days and then begin spinning the other way creating what many spiritual types claim would yield instant karma (since your actions would be thrown back at you). It would also cause the earth’s magnetic field to flip, the sun to rise in the west and set in the east, and all our brains and electric grids to go bonkers.
Whatever the reasons for our perception of time, it is certain that it is more valuable than most things. We all want to live long fulfilling lives and make the most of each day. We are becoming a time-poor society where there is never enough time to get everything done. Enjoy each moment and get cracking with all those new experiences!