Question: Sometimes a person experiences critical states when he feels like he has one second given to him for a prayer, and if he misses it, he could spend years waiting for another opportunity. What can a person do to avoid this?
Answer: You blame time for everything, but time is not the problem. What matters is the lack of attention and sensitivity in your heart. One moment can last an hour.
You gradually will begin to feel that the quality of time completely depends on your attitude and perception. Time stretches so much that a multitude of states can fit into a second. You enter this moment as if it were jelly and begin examining it as if by touch.
From the 1st part of the Night Lesson of Hoshanah Rabbah 10/19/2011, Shamati #8