We’re talking about time, psychological or mental time which is thinking. Thinking is time; time is thinking. When your mind is still there is no movement; when there is no movement there is no time. Time is movement. Time, psychological time is suffering, which is a general term that breaks down into any negativity that we experience as pain, not. physical pain but mental pain to my sense of self, my ME.
There are two times: physical time that you measure when an object goes from this to that, which is the functional world we live in. You have to catch a bus. There is mental or thought time where I’m comparing everything that happens to past or future. I regret this or that. This is not as good as that. This will be better tomorrow, and so on. All time and all suffering. This moment is never perfect in time, and if we feel it’s perfect, a thought of time will pop in and you will think it won’t last. Suffering says the Buddha is this split between Mind and Now.
But this is the teaching of Jesus also, only he taught in parables and not long psychological talks. When Jesus says to live in the world but not of it, he’s saying live in time but not of time, or controlled by time. The Kingdom of Heaven that he says is right here but you can’t see it, it that timeless Now that is always Just This. Philosophy calls this Being. When you live entirely in time you are always Becoming and you are never just Being. You prince will come tomorrow. All you have now is a fat dirty toad. Kill it and see what happens. Kiss the moment, love this moment no matter what if brings (it can’t be different than it is), and you will become the prince. Your Beloved is This Very Present Moment. You are That, when you are out of time.
Yet, Time does not exist! We are always Now measuring time in our mind. Time is a mental hologram in which our culture live. But the ground of being upon which we stand is timeless. You are always already Now. The is no beginning and no end to NOW.