Along similar lines, I think one of the ways we move towards the conditions necessary for all life to thrive is to reorient our relationship to time. Ron Purser, author of Mcmindfulness, notes this on the podcast Upstream: “In the last 5-10 years we’ve experienced a rapid acceleration of time through time-space compression through digital technologies. Our whole way of knowing—the medium we use shapes our thinking and changes neural circuits in our brain. Our shift from oral culture to written culture, when it comes to the temporal dimension, our sense of anxiety, the sense of always feeling we never have enough time, that we’re being controlled, that there’s some inexorable force that’s alien to us is a kind of distraction—the temporalities of distraction that are now dominating us. We have to look more critically at these dimensions of our human experience because that’s where freedom can open up. That’s the key to greater knowledge and expanded consciousness which goes beyond even the sense of death. The whole framework of birth and death is also a set up of time. These are very deep existential questions which have remarkable and tremendous potential for the next wave of humanity.”
I think starting with moving at the speed of trust is grounding and can begin helping us answer these existential questions.