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.
"Who knew that the way to gain moretime was actually to stop, be present, and dedicate time to specific activities? In The Art of Stopping Time, the Urban Monk shows us that we can, in fact, have time to do the things we love—if only we make an effort." —JJ Virgin,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Virgin DietandSugar Impact Diet “Taking a 100-day walk through your life will change how you view your time, energy, money, and even relationships. You’ll never be the same again. Do this!” —Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of Bulletproof, Inc., andNew York Timesbestselling author ofHead StrongandThe Bulletproof Diet “The Art of Stopping Timeis a powerful book that will help you at this critical juncture in history, when time seems to disappear in an instant. I highly recommend it.” —Daniel G. Amen, MD, Founder, Amen Clinics and author ofMemory Rescue
“How do you stop time and get more out of life? You follow my dear friend Pedram Shojai's 100-day guided plan. This plan will not only revolutionize how you experience your day, but it will also bring a deeper sense of joy to everything you do and experience!” —Mark Hyman, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine andNew York Timesbestselling author ofEat Fat, Get Thin
About the Author
Pedram Shojai, OMD,is the New York Times bestselling author of The Urban MonkandThe Art of Stopping Time;the founder of Well.org; editor of BeMore!magazine; producer of the moviesVitality, Origins,and Prosperity;and the host ofThe Urban Monkpodcast. An ordained priest of the Yellow Dragon Monastery in China, he is an acclaimed Qigong master, master herbalist, and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Shojai conducts seminars and retreats around the world. He lives in Irvine, CA, with his family.
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