Should I think of gravity/"time dilation" as directional? Imagine this scenario, a photon skirts across the near edge of some highly massive object's gravitational field. If I imagine that field as a sphere, its near edge might be a section defined by height, width, and length, each with unequal magnitudes. If I imagine that gravity as the typical cartoony depression of some bowling-ball like object in a net, I could imagine the depth of the depression in the photon's path still greater in magnitude than the direct length of its path. In this way, I feel myself wanting to think of an object in influence of a gravitational body to be experiencing that differently in all directions (a la, stuff is pulled towards the body after all). This then makes me think that time dilation would be odd and directionally influenced, which confuses me. For instance, a human body near another massive object. It would seem to me that time would slow far more for any interaction in movement parallel with the direction of force pulling to the massive object. Say if the object was to the person's left, all physical and chemical interactions involving left-right movements would be slowed, whereas primarily up-down movements would be less slowed and more bent. If anyone could expunge my confusion I would be appreciative. And of course, I imagine my wording somewhat garbled and perhaps need of a rephrase, offered as requested!