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Mental time and Space
By Orbit News Ltd.
Published on 29/06/11 4:00 pm
As the year continues to slide by, I find myself amazed that time seems to slip by so quickly.

by Michael Mahoney
As the year continues to slide by, I find myself amazed that time seems to slip by so quickly.
And I am not alone in my thinking, as any of my clients have commented on the fact that we are already through the first half of the year. And what’s more, youngsters seem to find time passes quickly for them too, when I am sure when I was their age ( a sure sign of my increasing years) time went so slowly, a day seemed an eternity, and six weeks summer break seemed a life time.
However back to the present, and isn’t it strange that time goes so quickly, or at least seems to, since of course each day has no more and no less number of hours than any other. However in my professional role, I work with mental time, and mental space, both very useful to help move things on more easily and comfortably when working with clients. An example of mental space can be comparing the first 45 minutes of a football match.
One spectator simply living for their team and the next match, and the other spectator who would prefer to be somewhere different, doing anything other than watching football. For the first spectator that first 45 minutes and most probably the whole match would seem to fly by, over too quickly and perhaps they would be amazed that the time goes so quickly. And for the other spectator, 45 minutes may seem like an eternity, every second dragging wishing for the entire ordeal to be over.
Both were watching the same football match, and both had 45 /90 minutes assuming there was no injury time added on, and yet the internal responses were completely different for each of the spectators. So not only can we work in real and present time, but also in mental time. Some therapists chose to use regression therapy, something I chose not to do, but some people find it useful. Now to mental space. This can also be useful when used with clients, again it is safe and gentle but uses our ability to travel millions of miles in our imagination, or to travel deep within ourselves simply by using the power of the mind. When using mental space, real time often seems to pass by more quickly.
The benefits of using mental time and space can help the client to overcome worries, anxieties, stress and much more, by simply learning how to speed up and slow down thought patterns, and use imagery and suggestions to mitigate negative thought patterns and enhance the acceptance of new positive thought patterns. And the wonderful thing is, it’s easy to do. We use mental time and space when we are children in our games, routines and imaginings, often by the time we are adults we have learnt to do these things negatively, it is often just a matter of putting the client back in charge of their thoughts, and changing perspectives. Once we learn to do this we can live life more comfortably so life does not have to be like the uninterested spectator at the football match, or even perhaps the first spectator.
 With effective changes, you may even feel like one of the players in the match!