Whether sun time & moon time are artistically looked at from the bottoms up necessities-of-life point of view of the library-like restroom at Bon, a very cool Millennials/Bohemian (ReVibe-decorated) arts & entertainment coffee house and club in Charlottesville VA U.S.A.; or examined more trans-culturally per the AmerIndian "But for the Sun and the Moon, both humans and animals are animals..." Perspectivism insights of Eduardo Viveiros De Castro, Brazil's leading anthrolopologist -- OR looked at in some way even more "you" -- you are invited to send us your answer to this question about our site's only occasional appeal: "As we humans are animals -- and as all animals need to know where our bodies are in the daily and nightly passage of natural time -- why is it that while lots of our visitors/new users each day quickly grasp the value of knowing their true times as described here in detail, many more of our vistors do not?"
Most of the answers we have received so far have been very thoughtful. And often thought-provoking, none of them more so than this one in the form of a Zen koan, followed by a very intriguing explanation: "All things take time, even the things that don't ... e.g., most folks don’t get Zen because they already know that Zen is not worth any time to try it out for a while. And therefore, alas for your Better Tymes project, so much more so for an unfamiliar thingie, with its beyond the pale colorful combination of astro-logical art and chronobiology science that obviously cannot increase inner and outer awareness."
That fellow is of course right about that. But as we believe that our project might have value for many people living and working in urban environments, we continue on as best we can. And within the context of these final words here about Zen. NOT because TrueTymers are into Zen. But rather because, self-actualization and time -wise, according to Zen's two greatest Sazuki's, real Zen is SO into "ZzenTyme" as displayed on TrueTyme...
Are TrueTyme's patented circling circles of sun and moon a kind of "Zen time" without which to integrate our minds, bodies and spirits with the always timely, eternal passages of our deeply personal sun and moon times?
It is not for us to say, as we are not Zen experts. Otoh, we are honored that no less a Zen and Art authority than acclaimed Zen artist Frank Kliewer thinks that a possibility: Indeed, we are over the moon and beyond the sun that Frank, whose above Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha painting is a tribute to Shunryas Sazuki, sees our TrueTyme sun and moon time as aligned with these words of that revered early Twentieth century introducer of Zen to the west... "SUN-FACED BUDDHA, MOON-FACED BUDDHA! "I am here, I am right here." Furthermore, Frank's wish for us and our users across the spiritual spectrum is, of course, the cherry on the top of a sometimes bitter-sweet ice cream sundae (much like life -)... "Hopefully you can connect with the younger generations looking for a new way of seeing life, and at some point reject our obsession with time related events, which diminish our capacity to engage with forces we cannot calculate."
Plus even though you are not into Zen, as you live your life only by conventional time (the way too many of today's Zen practitioners practice what can be seen as a non-Zen Zen), perhaps we can all benefit from not stopping with the first sentence of these words of an even earlier Sazuki-named authority of Zen. And, as a result, live in better personal times...
"To Zen, time and eternity are one. This is open to misinterpretation, as most people interpret Zen as annihilating time and putting in its place eternity which to them seems to be a state of absolute quietness and do-nothing-ness. They forget that if time is eternity, eternity is time according to Zen. Zen has never espoused the cause of doing-nothing-ness; eternity is our every day experience in this world of sense-and-intellect, for there is no eternity outside this time-conditioned-ness. Eternity is possible only in the midst of birth and death, in the midst of the time process." (from ‘Zen Buddhism’ – D. T. Suzuki, who in the early Twentieth Century introduced Zen to the West).
Note: ALL serious mind and body researchers across the spectrum from citizen-scientists to professional are invited to be part a special program being done by our Better Tymes Project. Free copies of TrueTyme are available.
Please note as well that everything else here (a world of different ways of thinking about sun and moon time) is for you who need to know a lot more before seeking to experientially re-introduce your self to the benefits of being more aware of true time...
Using some non-Zen paradoxes as a learning tool to help you more quickly and deeply understand what our TrueTyme clock adds to conventional clock and watch time is simply to see "true time" within the context of three astro-illogical paradoxes and anomalies, and an unexpected miracle: i.e., these four challenges to conventional wisdom...
* Every day has a day and night.
* We have the sun in the morning and the moon at night. But, truth be told, the moon is up there in the sky some mornings soon after sunrise -- and at other times, up there in the late afternoon sky right before sunset.
* We call the time when the sun is journeying below us, "night". Yet, as if it does not matter, we do not have a word for when the moon is journeying below us as well.
But like the vast body of the works of Shakespeare, which most of us have yet to discover and get to benefit from, all of that does matter, and is equally full of quintessentially human and animalistic surprises! E.g., it has been recently discovered that we all have moon clocks within us as well as sun clocks. (More about how that discovery was made in Professor Richard Cytowic, M.D.'s Touched By The Moon column in Psychology Today.) BTW, after reading about those amazing internal moon clocks of ours, you now know more about the real possibility of effects of the moon on you than many sleep experts. And to really blow your mind, READ THIS! :-) Afterwhich, if you do nothing else on this site, folks, learn about the amazing background and values of Dr. David A. Goodman -- not just one of the few chronobiologists in the world who refused to be seduced by Big Pharma, but also one of its greatest discoverers and inventors, per this awsome interview.
Furthermore, of huge importance, it is now also known -- by those in the know, including now you -- that every day and night of each day, our internal circadian clocks need to be re-synced to the passage of the sun in the sky above us. AND ALSO in the "undersky" below us. Very likely our circalunar clocks too.
Maybe that is why messed up internal clocks are of increasing concern to extra savvy and self-aware women -- and the men who love them! In any case, potential or beginner TrueTymer, that is why we include a very cool, unique MoodTyme mood journaling and analysis by daily/nightly/intra-month sun and moon times feature in TrueTyme for users interested in self-tracking and other citizen-science, as well as professional research.
So for those of you women AND men who work in windowless environments or are otherwise separated from frequent awareness of the sun's ebbs & flows and those of the moon, welcome to even more of our fact-filled sales pitch (which includes a free "sun in the day/moon at night" version) about an astro-logical clock & "timescope" so uniquely Ptolemaicly Egyptian and Kandinsky-like post-modern (as compared with Renaissance ones), that ours has a U.S. patent. With images of time, paradoxically, so pre- AND post-modern that one day TrueTyme might be in both the Met and MOMA. (So you might want to get into TT first. -)
As you can see, our site is meant to be a whimsical, thought-provoking edumercial of sorts for those who may be curious about aspects of circadian and circalunar time, especially the kinds of facts about biological time & timing that sleeping pill manufacturers and others don't want us to think about. Just as they don't want us to think about the historic battles about Daylight Saving Time added to Time Zones added to Mechanical Time, as described, e.g., in Jeremy Rifkin's Time Wars -- big-time.
That said, TrueTyme.org is for time fashionistas and other culture rebels who are already or might soon be thinking of themselves as sort of a new beat generation, perhaps even rocking and rolling natural time-wise to these coffee-house hazy lines of Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead: "There is a road, no simple highway. Between the dawn and the dark of night. And if you go, no one may follow. That path is for your steps alone."
An aside: Is that why TT users who choose to go beyond the free "sun in the day/moon at night" gift version included at the end of their free trials, get all of TrueTyme forever at a special "high time for natural time" price? Yup. We want to very tangibly show our sincere appreciation for those coolest of the cool TrueTymers who appreciate and support what we are doing and why! Instead of being turned off by the often very spooky events that continue to be a source of inspiration for all of us, users, fans and volunteers alike.
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E.g., thank you, Carl Honore for hugely leading the way back to natural slow time. We are honored and heartened that TrueTyme's flows and ebbs of solar and lunar time (with its patented depictions of both sun and moon journeying in the sky above us AND the undersky below us -- as observed in this fast-time mode version of our TrueTyme Music of the Spheres -- is listed as part of your over one million times YouTube-viewed life-enhancing "Slow Movement". And thank you Martha Rosenberg and Dissident Voice for shining the light on the dark-side of "non-24 hour sleep wake disorder".
And thank you dear (deservedly world-famous women's health activist) Leslie Carol Botha for your very cool Holy Hormones Honey blog -- and for being there for us. All our love, Jackie and Yale
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
How much can TrueTyme contribute to enhancing mind and body practices for those of us living urban life-styles? Especially within the context of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind author Cyndi Lee's...
"Sitting on our veranda at Strawberry Hill, a mountaintop retreat in Jamaica... it's easy to feel spacious and alive, vast and open, connected to sky and earth. This feeling comes naturally here but just as easily dissolves when we're confronted with the 'too many people, too little time, too much to do' syndrome of everyday life back in Manhattan. Maybe if we lived here all the time we'd always feel boundless and accessible.
"All of us tend to look outside of ourselves for the source of contentment, and that's exactly how we create our own discomfort. We forget that what we need to find [for] this kind of well-being is completely available to us all the time. It's [within] our own body and mind."
See a video of our true time "all of time for all of you" smart clock and smartwatch app with many cool features for mind and body. And then after using TT for a month or so, perhaps tell your own instructor how well our natural kind of "true timing" enhances your own yoga and/or other mindfulness & exercise practices?
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TrueTyme displays the whole of time for the whole you, not just standardized pieces of time for the corporate you. Its all-seen-at-once depictions of sun time and moon time are a sight to behold: both when the moon and the sun are visible above us as per our individual latitudes and longitudes.
AND, in a curiously comforting way, ALSO "visable" as well to TT users when the moon and/or the sun are below their local horizons in the "underskies" of their own personal "underworlds". Perhaps TrueTyme's true times are so comforting because they are the clock and watch versions of old-fashioned comfort food: for TrueTymers, time is ultra-local. Locality-wise, inhabitants the next town over and up to half a world of meridians away, are in reality seeing the sun and/or the moon up in their own skies. And, with TrueTyme, also in their own underskies.
Btw, if some of that stuff has confused you, don't worry. It will all make sense within a day or so of using TT as a whole-of-time timewhole replacement of a piece of time timepiece, worst case (and usually much sooner) as both your mind and your body clocks become increasingly familiar with TrueTyme's simultaneously archaic & new-fangled apricitous displays of the twists & turns and ups & downs of sun time and moon time. Note: For a special twist about time (if you happen to be interested in timeless mathematical secrets), we offer via our Menu a free pamphet that claims to reveal aspects of Mobius strips as they relate to aspects of time, possible revelations that seem to be much in sync with these words for the curious (found here and there in occult corners of the Web) about a book published around the time of Shakespeare and John Dee: The promise of Horus' return and the moon growing full...
Those few enigmatic words about the so-called "Voynich Manuscript", a book prized even by America's NSA National Security Agency. As Ancient Egypt's astrologers were were so adept at tracking the times of the risings and settings of their Ra sun and Thoth moon, could secret health and well-being knowledge have been in the possession of Egypt's pharoahs and priests? If so, such a chrono-cognitive understanding of "above and below" time would have been one of the greatest treasured secrets that set those sacred elites apart from the crowd. In any case, TT's SunTyme, MoonTyme, MoodTyme (and more) do that for TrueTymers. And with no need to rule a kingdom with a flail and a crook. -)
"come, Romeo, come, thou day in night; / For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night..."
And another aside: Speaking of being separated from the crowd, thank you TIME Magazine for recently shining the spotlight on a solar versus lunar spirituality controversy that has resulted from Professor Reverend Barbara Brown Taylor's "Embracing The Darkness" proposal. More about that and where TrueTyme time-keeping might fit in to bring things back into balance is found via our Menu entry.*
*But, of course, there are more than post-modern theologies and true-time-keeping needed to set things right again. Which is why Jackie and I season this TrueTyme.org site of yours from time to time with the timely works and timeless missions of many kindred spirits, the most recent of which being Charlottesville, Virginia painter, writer and architect Robert Anderson, author of these words, "I am always in a state of exploration, where the act of painting and putting line to paper is a meditation for me on my profound spiritual connection and common origin with the nature all around me.">>> We hope you will join Carl, Leslie, Bob and all of the other cultural creatives referred to on this site in making better times happen in every way you can.
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And last, but not least, thank you London's Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press for your very cool question... "If clock time--a linear measurement that can be unified, followed and owned--is largely the invention of capitalist modernity and binds us to its strictures, how can we extricate ourselves and discover alternative possibilities of experiencing time?"
And for a possibly equally cool answer because it is way outside of conventional wisdom, why not freely experience for a few days our UNUSUALLY COMFORTING "SUN TIME" AND EDGY "MOON TIME" images? Fair Warning: If you seek to benefit from using our unique clock app, please be aware that learning how TrueTyme's SunTyme and MoonTyme displays get users back in touch with Nature's rhythms and cycles -- and their own -- can take a little time. Usually just a few minutes, but sometimes a little longer.
How short or long it takes depends on how much you are (or are not) in touch with natural time when you get started. In any case, you will know you are ready as soon as these astro-logically poetic words about the difference between nightfall and night make sense to you: "Nightfall. When day turns softly to evening. But night does not fall. It rises." (The first lines of Astronomy Professor James B. Kaler's Day Into Night).
Please also note that to save you time, we offer a free Android Play trial, a free on-line tutorial/demo, and free email and telephone support. Yale@Better-Tymes.com.
MORE BELOW ABOUT HOW "TRUE TIME" CONNECTS WITH CHRONOBIOLOGY, HOW TRUETYME WORKS, AND HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT?
TrueTyme time gnosis is all about discovering things about natural time long forgotten, and destined to be rediscovered again. E.g., For those who do not like taking sleeping pills: The Myth of Needing Eight Straight Hours of Sleep.
Could that be why lots of TrueTyme users who on occasion wake at night have told us that knowing where they are relative to daybreak helps them progress to "second sleep" sooner? And many also tell us they make up for any feelings of lost time simply by Power Napping.
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