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Publishers Weekly -Citing applications ranging from the intensely private to the comprehensively social, Rechtschaffen 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 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 timeshifting 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.