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Pure Bliss: The art of living in soft time [Paperback]

Gill Edwards
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28 Dec 2000
This text reveals how the cycles of "Soft Time" and "Hard Time" affect our everyday lives. It offers advice and presents guidelines to how we can abandon the stress, busyness, and limitations of "Hard Time" and shift into a more carefree, joyful, and creative state - the cycle of "Soft Time".

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New edition edition (28 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749921544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749921545
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,394,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gill Edwards is a trained clinical psychologist, who worked in the NHS until 1989, when a mystical experience changed her life and led her to become an author. She has been involved in mind-body medicine for the past thirty years and has trained in metaphysics and shamanism. She runs Conscious Medicine workshops around the UK.

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Abandon the stress, busyness and limitations of everyday life and discover a more carefree, joyful and creative state of being and living. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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PURE BLISS is a self-help guide to 'living in Soft Time'.
I've always loved my work - first as a writer and clinical psychologist, then as a spiritual teacher - but until recent years, I couldn't seem to get my life in balance. Eventually I realised that I flipped between two different 'modes of being' - which I now call living in Hard Time and living in Soft Time. Hard Time feels like a downward spiral, a vicious circle full of struggle, 'efforting', clutter and busywork. It's like being a hamster on a treadwheel - yet it is strangely addictive. Soft Time is a different, almost timeless world: intensely creative and fulfilling periods when everything seems to flow, along with blissful periods of relaxing and living in the moment, enjoying the simple pleasures of life. I wrote PURE BLISS partly to clarify for myself the 'hooks' which pull us all back into Hard Time, and simple ways of shifting into Soft Time - and how and why I made the shift in my own life. The book includes practical, easy-to-read sections on the inner self, relationships, parenting, work, money, halth and the home. It assumes that life is meant to be heaven on earth. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gill takes the reader to yet another dimension 7 Oct 2001
A practical, experiencial and down to earth guide book. If you want to move beyond the limitations of the 'mundane world view' and embrace the boundless opportunities that the Universe has for you, this book is worth a look.
Its pages are filled with anecdotes, suggestions and exercises which address some very real aspects of living life magically.
The two cycles of time described by Gill provide insight into why it is that the more we do, the less we achieve; why letting go and learning to trust are fundamental. It teaches us how to do nothing and achieve everything. By letting go of the struggle, listening more closely to our inner knowing, and trusting ourselves, we act in a way that's so right and natural that it seems effortless.
The gently inspiring and informing style provides a new layer to the lessons of her previous books - it takes you deeper into the wheels of the Universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has made me a different person 29 Jun 2005
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The last customer review prompted me to write this one. Initially, I also felt quite dismissive and negative about this book but two years later I took it off my shelf and gave it another go. I am so glad I did. This book is beautiful and one of the most lucid accounts of realising that we must learn to live in the present in order to find joy in our lives. This is at the heart of Buddhist thinking. The author also shows how we need to give as much time as possible in our lives to those things that enrich our lives - we each know what they are: those things we do in a 'flow' state where we are unaware of time, whether gardening, creative writing, walking in beautiful countryside, or meditating or thinking, or painting. (As the author says, nobody regrets not spending more time shopping or watching television at the end of their lives).We must try to bring about this flow relaxed mindset as much as possible in our daily lives and not be full of 'efforting' and straining against 'what is'. This is at the heart of Taoist thinking. Here the author distills and illustrates these Buddhist and Taoist ideas in a way we can imagine applying to our lives. It is easy to toss the book aside cynically, because we live in an age where cynicism and disappointment seem to be paramount. I am quite skeptical about new age beliefs in spirit worlds, but this is foremost a book of practical wisdom. The spiritual energy that pervades nature and which we need contact with daily is probably closest to the author's sense of the term 'spiritual', as opposed to fairies or ghosts or even God in the specific Christian sense. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars a real eye-opener 26 Jun 2001
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I usually hate any self-help books with their manual of instructions how to have a "happy" life........but this book is DIFFERRENT. It really gives you another perspective of which is supposed to be obvious to all to see!! Everyone is doing everything to be more happy however our actions are otherwise.....cramming our days, not having time to do what we really want to do, thinking constantly on the past or future etc. This book is just that gentle persuasive voice to re-visit your daily routines and prioities and think otherwise. I recomend it whole heartedly!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure inspiration 8 May 2001
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Pure Bliss is the perfect book for anyone looking for something more in 'life'. It is a book that warms the heart and opens the mind to a joyful perception of reality.
Gill Edwards writes lucidly and movingly and about the issues in our everyday lives and offers ways to transform them into positive experience. She writes about how we can empower ourselves, gaining liberation from negative patterns.
A very enjoyable and possibly life-changing book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is like a warm Summer afternoon. 21 Oct 2006
This book is like a big, cosy hug. There are lots of short chapters and each one gently reminds us how the ugly negative can be changed into an inspirational positive. Easy to dip in and out of when you need a lift. This book would make a perfect gift for someone who needs cheering up. In fact I bought this book for myself as a birthday present and it now sits on my bookshelf like a cherished, old friend and everytime I notice it I smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring book 21 Feb 2000
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Gill Edwards' two previous books, Living Magically and Stepping into the Magic were the kind of books that made you think differently about everything in your life. Now her new book has come out and it is worth waiting for. I loved it. It is full of wisdom, kindness and also common sense. It makes me calm down and live in the moment. Thank you Gill for another wonderful gift of a book. I want to give it to everyone I know.
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