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The Art of Stopping Time

Practical Mindfulness for Busy People
Written by: Pedram Shojai OMD
Narrated by: Pedram Shojai OMD
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Self-Help, How-to
4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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We're all struggling to find time in our lives, but somehow there's never enough to go around. We're too tired to think, too wired to focus, less efficient than we want to be, and guilty about not getting enough time with our loved ones.

We all know that we feel starved for time, but what are we actually doing about it? Precious little. In The Art of Stopping Time, New York Times best-selling author Pedram Shojai guides us toward success with what he calls time prosperity - having the time to accomplish what you want in life without feeling compressed, stressed, overburdened, or hurried.

So how do we achieve this time prosperity? We learn to stop time. To do that, Shojai walks us though a 100-day gong, which is based on the Chinese practice of designating an amount of time each day to perform a specific task. The ritual helps you become mindful, train your mind, instill new habits, and fundamentally transform your relationship with time. We can find moments of mental awareness while in the shower, eating a snack, listening to podcasts, and even binge-watching our favorite TV shows.

He shares how to use gongs to reprogram your habits, reduce stress, increase energy, exercise the ancient practice of mindfulness, and become a master of your time. Whether you do one per day, a bunch at a time, or listen to the whole book in one sitting, practicing the gongs is a dedicated act of self-love that snaps us out of our daily trance and brings the light of awareness to our consciousness. The more we practice, the more we wake up, and the better off we are.

©2017 Pedram Shojai (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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couples of good tips but overall he's way off...

the arts of adding stuff to your daily routine.... 100 things to add to your routine, he's kinda missing the point here...

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Will reread!!!

This book was a great read. So relevant to my life right now....will hell me get back in track to balancing priorities and what is important°

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It's Time For A Much-Deserved Pause.

"The Art of Stopping Time" lives up to its title.

It's the kind of book you'll want to consume chunk by chunk, little by little, over the course of 100 days -- each lesson offering you an opportunity to hit "Pause" from your busy life and reflect.

Pedram "The Urban Monk" Shojai's teachings are down to earth enough to keep me engaged, and wise enough to make me grow. His work is highly needed in our hyperactive and disconnected society.

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Probably good if you're not in tune w/yourself

First off, I found the authors continuous use of the phrase "that's fine" irritating, among a few others. It probably bugged me more than it should have.

It's mostly common sense time management and take care of yourself mixed with some spiritual ideas. I didn't learn anything I wasn't already aware of - and found it humourous that at one point he mentions if you're reading a book you don't like why not put it down and pick up one you do. haha - I'd not have finished this one, and I was hoping I'd learn something so I listened to this at 1.6 speed in audible while driving to get thru it faster. Hoped that I'd find a nugget of knowledge. There were no revelations.

This book is probably good if your already a hot mess and really need help to get back on track and learn to balance your life. There are some good points in it, it just wasn't anything I'm not already aware of. If you currently don't take time to take care of yourself, and you get caught up in all sorts of drama and stress all the time, maybe this is for you.

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Marin

Good organic book. It is based on old traditional knowledge.

Try to bring regular person back on track.

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  • Innate
  • 2017-12-09

I wish that I had never purchased this book

Do yourself a favor and listen to the audio sample for this book. Consider that you have then listened to the best and most engaging part of the book, and then decide whether to purchase it. It absolutely does not get any better then what is contained in the sample that and in my view it actually gets much worse. Hours and hours of content with little depth, substance or interest.

I see that others enjoyed this book assuming that the reviews were not written by people who know that author. I find that surprising, but I suspect if the audio sample is of interest to you then likely it will be a similar case the entire book For me, I wish I had not wasted my time to listen to it or even that I had been sensible enough to just stop listening after the first 10 minutes.

That said, if anyone follows the recommendations in this book it will surely change their life for the better. That is similar to one reading a book about exercise of diet, or even a book that simply tells one to smile more each day and to be kind to others. Still, this fact did nothing to make the book any more enjoyable for me.

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  • Paladyme
  • 2019-04-03

some useful concepts

As a whole this book offers a unique perspective on how to own your time and take a deep look at your past achievements/mistakes and future/eventual mortality. some of the tips didn't apply or resonate, but some of them did. I didn't do the 100 day gong, but I have applied the tips that fit me and it has made a difference in my life. Also, if you like meditating he offers a bunch of cool practices

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  • Alex
  • Los Angeles
  • 2019-02-07

Don’t waste your time

This is a daily practice broken up in 60 days. Not what I was looking for.