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Time Shifting Hardcover – April 1, 1996
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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.
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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.
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it in their lives so that they can improve their well being and health .. A must read !
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!
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... I then noticed a spider between the rails of our balcony, and he was spinning a web. I simply marveled at the movement and structure of what the spider was building, and how complex it all appears when finished. Before I knew it, I had spent nearly two hours just enjoying nature, oblivious to time and other activities. And it will likely be one of the memories of this vacation that doesn't fade...
I liked Part 1 of this book better than Part 2. Where Part 1 deals with the concepts of timeshifting in general, Part 2 gets into application of the concept in particular areas of your life. It seemed to get more ethereal and new-age'ish than what I was comfortable with, and I found myself not following quite as closely. You could say I was spending more time in the past and future than I was in the "now" of reading... :)
Generally, a useful concept to get more enjoyment out of the ordinary events of life. The author does a good job of explaining it all, and I can see where I will make some adjustments in what I do and how I do it...