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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Books (November 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385483902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385483902
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Try taping the word "now" over your watch, and you'll get an idea of what Stephan Rechtschaffen means when he speaks of time shifting. It is time awareness, not time management that leads to more pleasure, more productivity, and even more time. Time Shifting shows us how to control the speed of time so that life stops passing us by. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Citing applications ranging from the intensely private to the comprehensively social, Rechtschaffen, a founder of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York State, advocates a refocusing of our attention on the present. Describing the rushed and future-focused schedules characteristic of modern life as a condition of "time poverty," he suggests that active time awareness ("not time management") offers a path into a richer experience of daily life. From a philosophical position that owes much to Buddhism, the author offers concrete steps to taking back the power we have given to clocks and calendars. "Time shifting" requires two steps: becoming aware of the present and practicing "entrainment"-tuning in to the rhythm and flow of the moment. Rechtschaffen cites ritual as a powerful means of shifting rhythm, and suggests ways to incorporate time-shifting rituals into everyday existence. Nuggets of wisdom and of practical advice add texture to this overview, which concludes with a vision of a political "time movement" based on the ideas of such thinkers as Jeremy Rifkin, Joanna Macy and physician Larry Dossey. A valuable bibliography is included. First serial to New Woman; Literary Guild selection; foreign rights sold to 10 countries; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Don Bristol on August 21, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
Rectschaffen's book provides a profound perspective for anyone who is seeking a deeper sense of being in these times. He speaks to many audiences, whether you are just beginning your search or further along. I am retired and his words on aging struck a very clear chord with me. I am only sad that I was not exposed to these views years ago. He is definitely on to a way of viewing the use of time in a sane and meaningful way. This book is well written and covers a great deal of the choices in our lives in terms of the use of one of our most precious gifts, our time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is not satisfied with the pace and the priorities that they might have embraced as they move through life.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While I don't consider myself an "always busy, Type A" personality, there are many times when I wish I could be more "there in the moment" of whatever I was doing. I heard about the book Time Shifting: Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life by Stephan Rechtschaffen, and thought it might be of assistance in helping me in that endeavor. I don't know that I got everything out of the book that the author intended, but I did pick up a few tips that should help...

Contents:

Part 1: Towards Time Freedom; Entrainment and the Rhythm of Life; Mental and Emotional Time; Stress and Anxiety; Expanding the Moment; Timeshifting; Exercises in Timeshifting

Part 2: Self; Relationships; Children; Work; Sports and Play; Health; Aging; Death and Dying; Planning Ahead; Society; The Future

A Final Word; Bibliography; Acknowledgments

Timeshifting isn't a new time management technique to allow you to eke out more minutes in a day. Instead, it's a mindset that allows you to get in tune with the rhythm of your life and surrounding events. Rather than trying to do more and more in every moment, you should step back, take a deep breath, and allow yourself to slow down and appreciate the moment for what it is. It's a shift from a time-based sense of life to a cycle-based lifestyle. In many cases, you find yourself in a particular situation either 1) replaying the past, or 2) anticipating the future. As such, there's no "now". Rechtschaffen asks you to put past and future out of your mind, and concentrate simply on "now" in whatever you're doing.

I had one of these moments recently on vacation at DisneyWorld. It was about 7 pm, and a major thunder and lightning storm was going on. I pulled up a chair and just watched...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JoeinBC on February 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a great reminder of the spice and foundation one's life really depends on--that is, time. It is the non-renewable resource. I believe anyone who feels that life's circumstances has a greater hold on them, then they do on it, should read this book.
I work in the crisis field, and one's job IS to give your time to others in crisis--and you can often find yourself far removed from yourself, in the name of helping, with little personal resources left. This book has helped me remember some important personal standards that I need to adhere too, plus great ideas on how to get my life back.
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Joe
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1999
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This book has been a great gift - an extremely easy read, it has helped me to re-define my relationship to time. In a profound yet simple approach, I've found that being at the effect of time is a self-made prison - this book has helped me to be free. It's a great read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mehmet Orhun on April 21, 2001
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This is the second time I had to write that review as a result of a mistake with internet connection. I've lost all I wrote before. If I didn't lost my temper in writing the similar thing for the second time, I can easily say that that book has a part in that.
Time is not just a quantity that we keep track of it, but a quality that we must be aware of. The more we aware of it, the more chance to turn mundane into extraordinary times.
It is more helpful trying to feel emotions rather than surprassing them. When we are not feeling the moment, emotional reactions rule us with the lymbic system to feel in certain predetermined ways but if we can slow down, we can disengage ourselves from those emotional reactions.
Apart from philosophical explanations, there are many practical tips which can easily be used in our daily lives.
In sum, there are more than I can describe here. It is better to read and discover yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paula Eder on March 3, 2009
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This is quite simply, an amazing book. It explores, most powerfully, how our perceptions of time affect our experience of time - and how we can learn to manage that. Stephen Rechtschaffen does a beautiful job of laying out the difference between clock time and what you might call soul time.

His premise is that if we can shift the way we think about time and realize that every moment is filled with rhythms and possibilities that we usually don't even imagine, then we can become masters of our time, and our lives, in a whole new way!

This is not about going faster or doing more -- it is about living more fully and more deeply. It is about getting to know ourselves again -- or maybe for the first time. It is about living NOW - which is everything.

If you read only one book about time this year, this is the one that I would recommend. It is insightful, challenging, thought-provoking, and ultimately -- if you want -- life changing!
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