“…When un-attuned to our finiteness, we live out our days by the clock and calendar; chronological time, also known as scientific or linear time, which can be measured precisely.

But the Greeks have two names for time: kronos and kairos.

Kairos, cyclic or ritual time is a mix of past, present and future. It speaks of seasons and passages and “the fullness of time.”

Life threatening events tend to move us from a chronological to a kairological view of time. We receive a terminal diagnosis and “time stops!” Time takes on new meaning when our lives become finite.
The journey is no longer linear with the destination somewhere off in the future. Now it becomes more of a landscape which moves in many directions and levels at once.

Kairological time is “precious time,” “priceless moments, when “time stands still,'” when we are engaged in activities that nourish our soul; creative endeavors, that give our lives meaning. The shift from chronos to kairos time has both diagnostic and therapeutic implications….”
—–Notes from Mercy Hospice Workshop, 2000

Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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