What do you give most of your time to? When does time move more slowly for you? When does it move quickly? How is it that time seems to speed up the older we get and leave us wishing for the leisurely days we used to enjoy?

Time, like anything, responds to our projections upon it. As we speed up, so does time. As we slow ourselves, noticing each sound we hear, each moment as it passes, so, too, does time take a breather.

Once we see how plastic and elastic time can become, we can use this to our advantage.

Photo by Amanda King

Notice how you feel when you are late for some event. How your mind races toward worry: I’ll miss the beginning; I’ll miss the event altogether; I’ll keep people waiting, and so on. As we speed up to get somewhere, or to get more done, so do our thoughts. As more thoughts cram each moment, the more that moment is buried and lost.

Zero Balancing as a time manipulation tool.

Learning to give Zero Balancing sessions, and receiving sessions from my fellow practitioners and teachers, I stumbled upon a secret benefit of ZB: it delivers you from the pitfalls of runaway time.

First, as you are learning and practicing the Zero Balancing protocol, getting from the lower body to the upper body seems to take an eternity. Because you, in the process of embodying new material, are compelled to give each step your full attention, time slows. Later, as ZB becomes part of your kinesthetic language, the way the Tai Chi form might be for another, time flows as you work, but now with an ease and grace. Time waits for you, as you pause for the body to integrate a fulcrum or series of fulcrums (balance points) which you have created with your hands.

Similarly, in receiving Zero Balancing, 30 minutes may pass in a blink of an eye, or a five-minute treatment may precipitate deep transformation so that you feel hours have passed.

How can this be possible?

Zero Balancing founder Fritz Smith, MD, explains it this way.

“When you introduce, through touch, two opposing inputs to the bodymind, the conscious mind can’t reconcile the two and the person enters an expanded state of consciousness.” Dr. Smith made this statement during last year’s Zero Balancing teacher training. He adds, in a recent video: “Through touch, we can take a person to a state of meditation.”

Perhaps this expanded state of consciousness exists beyond the confines of linear, and limited, time. Perhaps, once experienced and enjoyed, this expanded state may be reproduced more readily through Zero Balancing or other activities such as contemplation or meditation.

Who knows what might be possible as we explore our own experience of time, as we allow our minds to clear and enable each moment to be more spacious and enjoyable. Perhaps this is the way to press back on the weight of years that presses on us.

Through ZB, or other bodymind practice, we slip for seconds or minutes out of time’s reach and allow ourselves to realize it is just a figment of the material world.

© Amanda King

Cambridge, MA