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Time and the Soul: Where Has All the Meaningful Time Gone -- and Can We Get It Back? Paperback – April, 2003
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Jacob Needleman is a highly regarded philosopher and this is a serious work of philosophy, with strong overtones of Taoist or Zen approaches. Like those, it is a practical guide, but not the sort of easy guide that is most commonly found in the management literature.
It is based on the distinction between the Ego and the Self and argues that our crisis of business and stress is closely related to neglect of the search for the Self. The author's practical advice is built around developing a habit of mind that gives honour to reflection and a degree of detachment.
There is, of course, much more in this short book than that. There are times when one wonders whether the narrative is leading anywhere, followed by flashes of recognition. It is well worth considering if you are open to philosophical and sometimes counter-intuitive guidance. Certainly, it helps to show that the approach to 'time management' of relentlessly increasing your efficiency at filling your day with more things is inevitably counter-productive, and it offers a difficult but practical alternative route to a sane outlook and a sane life.
I definitely want to read more material by Mr. Needleman. He comes across as a deep, wise, almost-fatherly figure, with a humble and welcoming approach to teaching and instructing.
The book is by Jacob Needleman. John Cleese only wrote the foreword.
Several years then passed until I "discovered" it again on my bookshelf. In the second reading, I gained so much additional insight that I often felt as though I had not actually read (or absorbed) this book's profound content in the first reading. From this second reading, I began a daily practice of Needleman's exercise of "stepping back." This one practice transformed my experience of time and of the quality of my life and led my down the path of developing my own ideas on how to create a life of meaning, which were ultimately published in my own book. Beyond this practice was a deepening of my life - physical, spiritual, emotional - and a true sense of pervading joy.
Today, as I stand on the threshold of 2008, I have just completed my third reading. I can honestly say that, once again, it is as though I have found a new level, a new depth, and an intensity of meaning in this profound work. Jacob Needleman is a true teacher; one whose message, whose insight, and whose gift in communication are unsurpassed in my opinion.
If you read this book using only your mind, you may find it interesting, but without real impact. But if you will open your heart, your spirit, your soul, you can find in this book the answers to your most important questions and a path to true joy and the awakening nourishment of your soul.
Jim Huling author of
Choose Your Life!: A Powerful, Proven Method for Creating the Life You Want
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What can I say, I love Jacob Needleman's books. This one is lovely.Published 24 months ago by Artemis
The way he told his story by telling the reader about the story he would LIKE to write-- that was brilliant. So much food for thought. So many insights shared. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Cherie
. . . It's not just what Jacob Needleman writes, it's how he writes. I haven't yet finished this soul-searching and soul-discovering book after over a week. Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by Roy Clark
I really tried. But having read it twice, I cannot escape the conclusion that, to me, it is a pretentious book. It tempts us in many places with hints of something deeper. Read morePublished on November 18, 2007 by Mrs. A. M. J. Wigmore
The subject matter is important. I wish that the author had actually addressed the subject in a helpful way. As far as I can tell the book is a near waste until page 88. Read morePublished on May 21, 2006 by Bob
In Time and the Soul, Needleman collects wisdom over the centuries with the lore of many traditions. Read morePublished on July 3, 2005 by C. Matthes-Loy