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Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How to Create a More Peaceful, Simpler Life from the Inside Out Paperback – November 10, 2009
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With sage tips reminiscent of those in Jon Kabat-Zinn's Wherever You Go, There You Are, Carlson recommends a "Psychology of Mind" approach that involves being fully present in each situation and not letting the attitudes of others ruin your day. This way, your thoughts become more organized--wiser, if you will--and you get more work done without even trying. This time management trick is what he says will improve your life--not a cell phone or an electronic scheduler or a personal assistant. Carlson's advice can be taken to heart, as he's used these techniques to improve his own life. While he was working on his Ph.D., he rose at 4 a.m. and "gulped down ten or fifteen cups of coffee" each day just to get all his work done, and would bristle if family emergencies took him away from his studying.
Not only does Carlson promise to help boost one's productivity, but he says that relationships and intimacy will improve as well. He maintains that disagreements--at home or at work--are less likely to blow up into full-fledged arguments if you're being calm and levelheaded. "A mind operating at the speed of life can see things as they really are," he writes. "Slowing down gives you needed perspective during times of transition and stress. When you operate at the speed of life and your child desires privacy, you'll probably remember that almost all teenagers go through phases of wanting space from their parents....Rather than take it personally, you'll be able to see the bigger picture. If your mind is moving too quickly, events as well as your own thoughts about events become much larger than they really are."
For anyone fed up with life's chaos, Slowing Down to the Speed of Life should prove to be an immensely helpful mental health manual. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“This book speaks right to the heart of the matter: how to get more satisfaction in life from less rushing around. Many people will change their lives dramatically by reading this great book.” (George Pransky, Ph.D., co-founder of Psychology of the Mind and author of The Relationship Handbook)
“A life-enhancing book with insightful principles for peaceful and productive living at work and at home.” (Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior)
Top Customer Reviews
I am typically not a reader of self-help books or publications, but a colleague recommended this book to me after he continually heard me complain about how I can never seem to get ahead in my life with graduate school in the evenings, a stressful work environment with frequent travel, a 2-year old, while trying to maintain a healthy relationship with my wife. I was pleasantly surprised with the book. I always used to make lists, cross off items on the list which only resulted in new lists being made. I guess my (and everyone's) premise of making and completing lists was/is to hopefully realize a good feeling when all the items on the list are completed and crossed-off. Unfortunately, there is always another list to start and finish, so the good feeling, if one exists, will never last long, if you even get a good feeling...
The book is an easy read, but to completely grasp the basis of the philosophy presented in the book, as the book authors would say, requires a healthy, free-flowing state of mind to grasp the tools presented to the reader. In fact, the author states in the introduction of the book, to open/clear your mind in preparation for reading the book to allow the concepts to sink in.
I am agreeable to the general premise of the book. I believe in the Psychology of the Mind philosophy and in the presentation of said material in Carlson's and Bailey's Slowing down to the Speed of Life. The 2 forms of thinking identified in the book, Analytical and Free-Flowing modes, both seem to me to be realistic to me. I actually found myself recognizing processing thoughts that I was having both at home and work and was able to shift my mode of thinking away from these thoughts which may have prevented further unhealthy states of mind.Read more ›
Every chapter is exactly the same...
- Statement: [a certain situation] will be better if you just "slow down to the speed of life"
- Examples of people that court stress messing up [said situation]
- Examples of people that take it easy thriving [in said situation]
That's basically it. Chapter after chapter encouraging you to slow down and enjoy life. Unfortunately, it never suggests how one can actually make that happen. The book basically expects Joe Stress to achieve a zen-like state by just willing it. It encourages you to put decisions "on the back burner" so that your creative mind has a chance to work - that's little help to people who face real world pressures. I don't see how the authors expect someone confronting a deadline to basically ignore their problems in the expectation that one morning in the shower the perfect solution will pop into their heads.
It's also very repetitive and will re-use their signature phrases ("slowing down to the speed of life") until they have no impact. The book showed a lot of promise in the first chapters, it just never delivered.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Going back again a decade on to refresh the technique of staying in the moment like a child. My life becomes peaceful and calm. Anxiety lifts and life gets a whole lot better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book, it makes me rethink a lot of things, and I going to recommend to my friends and family. Definitely going to reread it for inspirations :)Published 1 month ago by Carmen M.
I keep this book around and just recently it came off the shelf again. It is easy to fall off the mindfulness path. This book kind of puts things back into perspective for me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dennis Vander Houwen
Lots of good ideas but I found it difficult to get my head wrapped around.Published 4 months ago by N1WC
Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How to Create a More Peaceful, Simpler Life from the Inside Out by Richard Carlson has become my handbook to managing my run away thoughts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Catherine J. Peffer
I don't think I got everything this book was trying to say, but what I did get was immensely helpful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by book junkie
Boring. Nothing new to learn. I didn't finish it because it took about 100 pages to tell me what the book was going to do for me instead of telling me what to do!Published 5 months ago by Maureen Exley
Great advice. My husband and I read it together. Now when I get wound up analyzing everything he reminds me to free form think!Published 5 months ago by deb graham
After a lifetime of being an overachiever, being a stressed-out list-checker and running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I have decided to retire. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mystic by the Lake