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Blog entry by airfieldman posted 01-04-2008 05:48 PM 763 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was reading OKALBERT’s entry “My Workshop #12: We’re making progress on the work bench now” (nice bench!) and he mentions losing time. I’m sure he’s not the only one who does that, as I find myself in that state almost everyday.

I’ve been thinking about including a clock in my shop, however part of my enjoyment is NOT knowing the time. If it gets too late my loving wife gently reminds me, and if I’m on a schedule I set an alarm on my cell phone.

On the other hand, there are times when I find knowing an AMOUNT of time is necessary (i.e. glue ups). I usually get around this by working some other portion of a project and just assume that an adequate time period has elapsed.

Ok, just rambling, thanks for listening!

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 05:55 PM

being “in the zone” where time is meaningless, is an amazing feeling. Although I’ve felt it slightly with woodworking, I really experience it during my photography outings when I find an object to do macro photography with. The world disappears. It is me, the subject, and the moment.
There’s a zen word for that but I can never remember it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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airfieldman

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 06:04 PM

The other time that I experience it (that I can talk about) is mountain biking. I’m not very good at that, so I have to put 100% of my concentration into it, which is why I do it…lose the world, forget my problems, etc. Very zen!

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 06:13 PM

so when people talk about “living in the moment”.. that’s what it feels like.
A casual conversation with a child—should be a zen moment.
Peeling an orange.. should be a zen moment.
Walking… should be a zen moment.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dadoo

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#4 posted 01-04-2008 07:25 PM

LumberJocking…definately a “zen” moment. I can easily spend hours here!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 01-04-2008 07:36 PM

I first experienced this as a kid reading in school, only to look up to discover that the class had moved on to a next assignment. It definitely occurs now in the woodshop, and it’s a distinct joy.

The other part of my woodworking that is so different than most of my tasks in the world of my “real job”, is that from beginning to end it is my mind, eye and hand that conceives, shapes and finishes the work. Both have a needed Zen in an increasing fast paced and fragmented world.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 01-05-2008 04:03 AM

They call that flow)

It is what makes it all enjoyable and the time pass quickly.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#7 posted 01-05-2008 01:51 PM

I had to go look it up
“Satori” is the word that Dan Millman used in “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” .. when you are so in tune with the moment that the rest of the world disappears.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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CoolDavion

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#8 posted 01-05-2008 05:48 PM

I find my self losing time also, usualy when I walk in to Lowes/Home Depot, Hartville Tool, or other woodworking and model railroad stores.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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airfieldman

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#9 posted 01-05-2008 08:03 PM

Satori sound similar to mindfulness. Thanks for the insite.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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Blake

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#10 posted 01-06-2008 02:03 AM

I don’t have a clock in my shop to remind me what time it is. Sometimes I don’t want to know. But I do have a digital timer which I use for glue-ups, etc.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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