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Slow Time: Recovering the Natural Rhythm of Life Paperback – June 21, 2015
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Three words for Waverly Fitzgerald's Slow Time: Recovering the Natural Rhythms of Life: It s about time! As a long-time follower of Fitzgerald's School of the Seasons, I had read about this, her upcoming book, for some time and eagerly awaited it. It was worth the wait. Fitzgerald breaks the book up into twelve weeks of lessons, but one can easily read the whole book in a few sittings as her concepts about time are both fascinating and illuminating. The author offers a number of different calendar options and time logs that one can keep, from a daily journal to a seasonal graph. She even offers her own creative calendar where she creates a large collage of the twelve months ahead, using pictures and images that convey the goals of each month. Realistically speaking, it turns out that most people simply try to pack in more into their schedule in one week than 168 hours can possibly hold. Fitzgerald discusses a number of techniques to resolve this issue, often citing other compelling sources she has come across. Fitzgerald has researched much about the body's own rhythm in relationship to time, including circadian rhythms and also ultradian rhythms--a concept I had never heard of--which is like a clock within the body clock. This book was a pleasure to read as it both entertained as well as encouraged me to reframe my constructs of time, and in fact I actually found time to read this amidst the busy holiday season, which speaks volumes about this book's obvious appeal. --Diane Saarinen, NewAgeJournal.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Waverly Fitzgerald has been celebrating, teaching and writing about seasonal holidays for over thirty years. Her articles have appeared in The Beltane Papers, SageWoman magazine and at Beliefnet.com. She has taught classes and workshops on time for Seattle University, the Experimental College and at the Take Back Your Time Day conferences in Chicago and Seattle. For more information on her work, see her School of the Seasons website. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I like the lessons/exercises given at the end of each chapter which helps to take a closer look at the aspect of time that Fitzgerald includes in the book. This is a book I have gone back to over and over. It remains within close reach to my favorite reading chair.
Personally I liked best the weeks 8 - 10 which covered "living in season", "passing of the year" and "holy days and holidays".
This book is part informative, part instructive and part inspirational. Attitudes about time can be so harmful. Being labeled a procrastinator, or being known as the late one can be hard to shake. Fitzgerald takes a historical look at where these attitudes originated and provides great exercises to help unearth and recover from them. Fitzgerald also manages to explain through references to scientific studies and history where units of time like the month have come from and why time does seem like it is going faster all the time.
Then there are some gems of exercises in here: the dream schedule exercise is extremely helpful in understanding weekly priorities and it is fun to do. Another extremely useful exercise has the reader attach things they might want to do like exercise or pray to event time rather than to the clock. But honestly the juiciest parts of the book for me are the chapters she dedicates to the seasons. Here the pleasures of reading about spring, summer, autumn and winter and finding ways to use what is naturally happening in the world as a kind of guide to how to plan your creative efforts are the most easy for me to "get" and the most poetic too.
If you are hurried all the time and find that you can't believe it is summer or winter holidays already, this book will help you savor and embrace the natural rhythm of your life.