Kairos Moments

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Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment).

 

 

What I loved about living in Italy and visiting Greece, was watching how they make space for ‘Kairos moments’ each day.

The ancient Greeks had two words for time, Chronos and Kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens.

Chronos refers to the time we measure by the clock and what we do over a twenty-four hour period.

Kairos, on the other hand, is to experience a deeper sense of time. It’s experiencing time ‘in this moment’ without distraction or attachment.

In Italy they shut the shops from 1pm – 4pm each day, unlike western world, who are open twenty-four hours a day! No wonder we are stressed.

Chronos time is to see time slipping through our fingers; never having enough to do everything we want, but in Kairos time, life stands still;

When we practice being in this space, we will discover the infinity and presence of time simultaneously.

In Chronos, we feel stressed, overwhelmed.  In Kairos we feel grounded and rested.

And so, I guess the question is “How much space are we creating for Kairos time?

 

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18 thoughts on “Kairos Moments

  1. Good question. The older I get, the more time I get to spend in Kairos time, much less stressful being there!
    One of the big takeaways from my trip to Italy was the ease with which they enjoyed life and each other’s company. A beautiful thing I wished we had here.

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