Uptime is when you’re alert and focused outwardly on people, the environment, sounds, sights & smells. There are many situations where being in uptime is helpful, for example when you have to go to a meeting and engage with others. Or maybe, when you’re out walking through a park on a misty fall morning.
On the other hand, when life is demanding and full of responsibilities, many people yearn for some me-time. Time to just sit, think and be. When your focus is turned inwards, you’re in downtime. Downtime is when your attention goes inwards, to your feelings, emotions, thoughts and inner experience.
Uptime & downtime are helpful concepts and provide a way for you to explore and modulate how you’re habitually relating to your experience.
Something that has often interested me is that in meditation, this boundary between what’s happening in here and what’s happening out there dissolves. There’s no inner and no outer. There is just awareness and everything appears within it. Sounds, sensations, thoughts, smells… it’s all appearing in the same placeless place.
This sense of seamlessness then spreads out into moments where you aren’t formally meditating, bringing with it an overwhelming sense that life is one whole thing. Inner is outer, outer is inner.
Art then, whether in the form of pictures, music, poetry or a beautiful sunrise, offers you the fantastic opportunity to enjoy both ‘uptime’ and ‘downtime’ – at the same time. Art is a chance for uptime and downtime to get together… and dance! 💃🏻