Expansive and narrow time

I’ve noticed two very distinct feelings. One is the “expansive” feeling: “the world is out before me, I can do anything I want, the day is mine, and I’m relaxed.” One is the “narrow” feeling: “there’s a deadline coming up, I’m head down, chugging through whatever I’m doing.” This is not a post about how expansive time is good and narrow time is bad. They’re both kind of fun, in different ways. Narrow time has the benefit of feeling more focused and more adrenaline-driven. I often feel “flow"y in narrow time.

But it seems like they should be more balanced! Some time to feel crunched and making progress, some time to feel relaxed and thinking of ideas. Seems like it’d make me both a better researcher, and a better and happier human being. My April challenge (only check email twice a day) is pointed in this direction. And meditation helps a little, I think.

I wonder how else we can create more expansive time in our lives. Any ideas?

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