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An Oasis in Time

How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life

Marilyn Paul


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There is a surprising way out of the frenzy, that always-being-behind feeling, and the endless to-do list.

Now more than ever, people are seeking a reprieve from the constant pressure to achieve, produce, and consume. While many turn to sporadic bouts of mindfulness and meditation, organizational change specialist Marilyn Paul offers a complementary solution that is as radical as it is ancient. In her new book An Oasis in Time, Paul focuses on the profound benefits of taking a modern-day Sabbath each week for deep rest and nourishing renewal. The energy, perspective, creativity, sense of well-being, and yes, increased productivity that ensue are lifesaving.

Drawing on Sabbath tradition, contemporary research, and interviews with scores of busy people, Paul shows that it is possible to introduce these practices regardless of your religious beliefs. Starting with just an hour or two, you can carve out the time from your packed schedule, design your weekly oasis experience, and most importantly, change your mind-set so you can enjoy the pleasure of regularly slowing down and savoring life every week. From surrounding yourself with nature to practicing rituals for beginning and ending oasis time to implementing strategies for connecting with friends and family, self, and source, you will discover practical ways to step off the treadmill and into timeless refreshment on your way to a calmer, richer, more fulfilling life.

Praise For An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life

“If we don’t refuel, we run on empty. Marilyn Paul explores the power of respite and restoration—well-known in the ancient traditions of the world and confirmed by modern neuroscience—with heart, soul, and many practical suggestions. A distinctive and extremely useful book.”
—Rick Hanson, Ph.D, author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

“At a time when many of us feel too busy to breathe, that our work is never done, and that the exhausting “everydayathon” of modern life will never stop, Marilyn Paul’s gentle and thoughtful An Oasis in Time shows there is a way out: taking dedicated time to pause weekly. Paul gives both practical guidelines on how to plan for regular time off, and shows how starting small, slowing down and keeping it simple can reconnect us with what’s most important and help us reclaim our souls.”
—Brigid Schulte, author of the New York Times bestseller Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time and director of The Better Life Lab at New America

“Is there any human tradition more beautiful and enduring than the sabbath? In this engaging and thoughtful book, Marilyn Paul explains why this ancient practice is in the midst of a revival and how it can transform your life. In a breathless, screen-driven world, everyone needs an oasis in time—this is your guidebook.”
—William Powers, New York Times bestselling author of Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

“We all know it’s a good idea to take a break from work, but how many of us actually do it? The practical advice in Marilyn Paul’s new book is precisely what we need to close the gap between what we know we should do, and what we actually do. The proof? It’s Friday evening and I’m turning off my computer for the weekend.”
—Peter Bregman, bestselling author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get The Right Things Done

“Too often an oasis seems an unattainable mirage. Marilyn offers wise, practical steps to finding and protecting your own place of healing, peace, and renewed connection—with ourselves and those we love. An invaluable voice for survival in today's 24/7 hyper-connected world.”
—Sheila Heen, New York Times bestselling author of Difficult Conversations

“Marilyn Paul makes a compelling case that an ancient ritual can vastly improve your quality of life in a hectic modern world. I'm convinced!”
—Cal Newport, author of Deep Work

Rodale Books, 9781623366629, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 22, 2017

About the Author

Marilyn Paul, M.B.A. Ph.D., is a coach, author, speaker, and senior consultant with Bridgeway Partners, an organizational consulting group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marilyn has taught at the Yale School of Medicine, the Massachusetts General Hospital School for Health Professions, and the Hebrew University School of Public Health. Marilyn’s work is about improving people’s lives at work, at home, and in the world. She is the author of It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys. Marilyn and her work have been featured in USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Spirituality Magazine, and Yoga Journal.