Time is the greatest modern scarcity. What used to be considered signs of success--being busy, having many responsibilities, being involved in many projects or activities--are today being felt as afflictions. Needleman shows how to approach time with the aim to get more out of it by breaking free of our illusions about it. Needleman dispenses with tricks and techniques that only serve to make our obsessiveness more "efficient." Instead he shows how we can understand what our days are for. It's this understanding that allows time to finally begin to "breathe" in our lives.
People can learn to experience time more purposefully and meaningfully. We need not be at time's mercy. Needleman rejects time-management techniques in order to reveal ancient and little-known modern practices for exploring one's internal clock. He reveals how time is experienced by the soul. Drawing on the wisdom literature that chronicles the ways of Buddhists, poets, and philosophers, one learns:
What it could mean to chart one's real past, unclouded by emotions
How memory can lie to us
Why we need not be obsessed with the future
How to experience time so that it is not an enemy robbing us of the joy of life
How to have more "non-psychological time," or "time of the heart [that] does not move," such as moments of ecstasy or joy in which time is cut off from the physical world
How to experience the gifts of time