Meditation and The Right Angle to Time

What IS a Right Angle to Time?

A Different Way Of Thinking About Thinking
… and About NOT Thinking

We’ve all had THOSE moments …

  • Moments where Time seems to have Stood Still.
  • Moments where we’ve had Great Flashes of Insight.
  • Moments where everything just seemed to work right.
  • Moments where the World Looked Beautiful & Amazing.
yoga posture at sunset - zen meditation and right angle to time

Photo by VivitoArt

In athletics they call it
The Zone.

In Zen Buddhism,

In Spiritual Yoga it’s

In Sex & Lovemaking it’s
The Big “O.”

In Hockey it’s called
“GOAL”! …
[Just Kidding … but not really.]

In Parenthood it’s the
Feeling they get when
Their Child Smiles.

Regardless, you probably get the idea there’s some “State of Being” seemingly out there, somewhere, most of the time. Yet it’s never very far away. If you’ve experienced it, it’s usually seems just a little out of reach. Yet that short distance can seem nearly impossible to traverse.

Or rather it’s impossible with our usual state of mind.

Yet when it does happen, it seems like our usual state of mind is suspended temporarily in time. It allows some other state of mind to take over for a moment or three.

It is in those moments where what we often refer to as the linear or analytical mind — what we usually refer to as “thinking” — seems to slow down or stop.

In the idea of the Right Angle To Time, it’s a moment when time feels like it has stopped flowing, and feels like large amounts of information, experience, or insight can enter our mind, our consciousness if you will, in an instant.

When the thinking mind — the passage of words, images, noise, and such before the screen of our mind — just slows down or stops, in those moments, a different way for our human experience to “show up” … well, shows up.

Another name for this process is meditation. Yet that’s a troublesome word. Many of the ways people use the word mean exactly the opposite of how others use the word. So it’s tough to communicate if the parties to the conversation don’t know for sure exactly how the other parties are using the term.

Sometimes people say meditation means the stopping of thinking. Quite a few people have tried to make themselves stop thinking. It can be quite frustrating. Some ind it to be impossible for more than a few seconds at a time.

This leads some people to believe it’s not possible to stop thinking, that thought is inherent of being alive. So they give it up.

At other times, other people say meditation is the repetition of a special word. Yet repetition of a word is repetition of a particular thought over and over again.

To Think, Or NOT To Think,

Meditator & Thinker Sitting Back to BackSome people say they don’t think they can NOT think, and therefore can NOT meditate, or so they think.

Yet another way of describing meditation is to be fully present with “what is” in the present moment.

So, if “what is” in the present moment is that you ARE thinking, then trying to stop your thinking is to go against the content or reality of the present moment. So, would it be more meditative to somehow stop your thinking? Or would it be more meditative to be fully present with the fact that you ARE thinking?

Therein lies the Spiritual Paradox.

You cannot use thinking to achieve a state of non-thinking. The meditative mind is a much larger box than the box of thought. You cannot fit the bigger box of meditation inside the smaller box of thought. …

You cannot think your way to non-thinking.

But if you are being fully present in the moment, fully with your thought process, being full aware of it, something interesting starts to happen to the flow of thought.

Can you guess, of figure out, what that is?

In the meantime …

Why Bother To Not Think?


Thanks for Reading,
David Scott Lynn (DSL*)
* DSL: Your Hi-Touch Up-Link to the Inner-Net
Inner-Net: Your Psycho-Neuro-Musculo-Fascial System
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Beginning at 13 years of age, DSL's been involved with alternative philosophies & practices most of his life. Becoming a yoga teacher in 1976, then a hands-on bodyworker in 1981, he developed a unique & highly effective form of Yoga / Bodywork / Whole Health Fitness & Therapeutics. … David wrote the chapters on a wholistic philosophy & physiology of bodywork & stretching for the textbook Structural Balancing, published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. in 2010. … He is the author of Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga, available at: … Several other e-books and e-courses are soon forthcoming at … David consults with Kyle C. Wright on massage school development at the Schools of Advanced Bodywork at .
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