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Time and the Soul: Where Has All the Meaningful Time Gone--And Can We Get It Back? [Kindle Edition]

Jacob Needleman , John Cleese
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In Time and the Soul Jacob Needleman uses stories-of a middle-aged psychiatrist going back in time to encounter his younger self; of a mysterious meeting in the Central Asian desert; of the mystic master Hermes Trimegistus; as well as stories from the Bhagavad-Gita, the Bible, and other wisdom traditions-to illuminate the great mystery of time and to help us resolve our increasingly dysfunctional relationship to it.
Nearly everyone feels stress and anxiety over what's become known as time poverty. "Time management" techniques treat these symptoms by making our busyness more efficient, but not the underlying cause. Needleman shows that we can get more out of time by breaking free of our illusions about it. He helps us experience time more purposefully and meaningfully. He provides parables, reflections, and a unique mental exercise to give us a new understanding of time. By transforming the way we understand and experience time, this powerful book gives us the equanimity and perspective we need to make the most of the time we are given. "A tranquil heart," Needleman writes,"is never defeated by time."

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"Though the excessive rush of words might range far from the tranquility Needleman extols, they nonetheless wind up reinforcing the point that by living calmly, with a detached attention to detail and an absence of frenzy, it is possible to experience a more expansive, soulful sense of time." - The Philadelphia Inquirer; "Needleman is great." - Common Wealth; "Needleman is much loved and respected by his hundreds of inquiring students. He himself is a sewer of spiritual seeds." - San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle; "Charismatic." - Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Jacob Needleman is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, Visiting professor at Duxx Graduate School of Business Leadership in Monterrey, Mexico, and former Director of the Center for the study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 274 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (3 May 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LY2EN6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #753,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars COME BACK TO YOURSELF 3 Feb. 2004
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This is a kindly written exposition of what it means to re-member oneself, to be the very opposite of dispersed and distracted, and thereby gain the present where the time of your life is spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 10 Nov. 2013
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It would be great if everyone read this book - it really puts life into perspective (and 4 more words are required for this review which is unnecessary)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real 'time management' for busy people. 23 Feb. 2005
By Bill Godfrey - Published on
This is very far from being a conventional time management book. It is much better than that. You will not find 'seven steps to taking control of your time' or anything like that.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Profound Guide 27 April 2005
By earth elder - Published on
Time and the Soul is more than a book, it is a deep meditation experience. Dr. Needleman is a wise, authentic guide calling us back to our lost Self and suggesting practical ways to remember who we really are. I keep this book close by and when my spiritual quest feels a bit dry, I return here and find my inspiration renewed. This is the book I most often share with family and friends who are fellow seekers. Today I am ordering five more copies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Help your Self 13 Sept. 2005
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If you want to find more joy in your life, read this book. It's short, but gives you a lot of food for thought. It's no quick fix, but it does give you ideas for making your everyday life more satisfying. John Cleese's foreword really says it all: it's NOT a self-help book, it's a Self help book.

The book is by Jacob Needleman. John Cleese only wrote the foreword.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful 15 May 2005
By dan cafaro - Published on
Jacob Needleman has written an unbelievable book. I didn't think anything can surpass The Power Of Now, but this has. He writes in simple prose while contributing a fairy tale story as the metaphorical dialog. There are many times when I had to put the book down and absorb what I had just read. I get chills. He explains and simplifies what I have always felt and now can reveal and let go of. A fascinating book that should be a constant companion .
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books I've ever read 30 Dec. 2007
By Jim Huling - Published on
Time and the Soul is simply one of the most important books I've ever read. I discovered it in an airport bookstore several years ago and consumed it in a single reading over a long flight. Its impact on me was profound - literally changing my life through being reawakened to the knowledge that there was so much more to my existence than the "outer world" concerns that were taking up so much of my time and energy.

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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