The article, I am reblogging with the a.m. link is, indeed, an intriguing, well written one, with well fitting photographs. It prompted me to read it with attention.
And this seems to me to be the key idea.
It is not the quantity of activities, even of new and exciting ones, which gives us back our time. It is the attention, we pay to everything, we are and we are doing. Exactly this makes the difference in the author’s perception of time when he enters the lake. The uncertainty of the situation makes him focus on what he is doing. He pays attention. And in the course, time has a meaning again – or, even more precisely, it has lost its meaning!
It is the quality of the activity which counts. In fact, one activity could suffice, if a maximum of attention is applied.
Meditation is focussing attention to the upmost. In this sense, it is perfect activity out of time.