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From Famine to Feast

88 PP | 5.5" x 8.5"
Paper with French Flaps
ISBN: 978-1-77064-811-1

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Help! I just don’t have enough time!

If this sounds like you, know that you are in good company. There is a time famine out there – a pervading sense that we have more to do than we can possible get done in the time we have – and most of us live with some version of it. The trick, of course, is to move from famine to feast, from a sense of not having enough time, to a sense of freedom, enjoyment, and fulfillment within the time we have.

In Time: From Famine to Feast, Donna Schaper offers encouragement and advice on how to leave the land of famine and find a seat at the feast. Discussing and then moving beyond the systemic sources of the time famine, Schaper’s ultimate goal is to explore “the inner way, the way we have internalized the commandments of multiple systems and feel bad or wrong or in violation or out of compliance if we don’t obey our orders to be busy, active, connected, overworked, and time famished.”

This is a spiritual journey that will require us to be honest about just how starved we really are, as well as navigate our “work-family time dilemma,” discern what “coheres” us, begin to use “spiritual technologies,” and get comfortable with play. Of course, practice is required, so Schaper provides 52 of them – a “spiritual practice,” for each week of the year designed to bring us to our place at the feast.

Say the words “time famine” and people immediately know what you mean. Some people call the time famine “time poverty,” or the “time suck.” Others call it the war against rest. Still others just whine, “I don’t have enough time. I never have enough time.” We could imagine these complaints as fear of mortality. Of course we don’t have enough time. We get the days we get. But more pervasively, these complaints are practical statements. I have more to do than I have time in which to do it. I want more than I can get in the time I am allotted. That is the time famine. It involves our consent to a scarcity metaphor for life, one that we set up ourselves by not defining what we mean by more, less, and enough.

The time famine becomes a deeper disease as well. It goes viral. It turns a spiritual and psychological corner after it attacks our calendars, sleeping habits, and even our lunch practices. The New York Times recently published an article showing how people no longer do business lunches. A quick portable coffee will do.

And it’s not just this week or next week during which we don’t have enough time.

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