What makes time elastic?

In some experiences time seems to pass by quickly… On others it feels like it is dragging a new universe every second… This is not new. You’ve experienced it too. What happens is that I am either processing the experience as slow or fast. The relevant question is then: Why can I perceive time differently? 

If time is the measure of a sequence, then why are some sequences quicker in my mind than others? In my recent post I explained that in speech and writing the sequence is linear meaning you can only write/say a new letter/sound after the previous one, while in the mind a letter or sound is perceived as an image (’cause that’s how we dream) and so it can be up, down, left, or right. 

Linear time

Words, letters, sounds… are arranged one next to the other, either before or after, only one or the other.

How speech and writing works.

Relates to cronological sequences

Circular time

Words, letters, sounds… can be arranged any way: up, down, left or right to other elements. Like an image.

How the mind works (dreams)

Relates to cycles, patterns.

Any experience is processed both through linear (speech) and circular (mind) time. One of the two will dominate though. The first time I use a new software I’m processing the experience mostly on linear time, because in order to move to lesson #2 I need to complete lesson #1. I might be even taking notes or speaking out loud what the instructions are in order to follow them correctly. In this situation time seems to stretch, because all future events require a previous event.

In the same scenario, learning to use a new software. Can I boost up the perception of time? Yes, by experiencing circular time. That is to allow events a non-linear sequence. This can be done by linking each lesson to other areas/skills in my life, where the connections of a new lesson with a current skill will combine the new with the familiar. 

The switch between linear and circular time is always happening in my life. The question is: Am I driving it?