Stephan Rechtschaffen, M.D.
Stephan Rechtschaffen, M.D. is a pioneer in the wellness movement and the cofounder and CEO of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. For two decades, Omega has hosted in-depth presentations by leaders in the fields of health, culture, spirit, and the arts. Each year more than 15,000 people attend workshops at Omega's 80-acre campus in New York's Hudson River Valley, two hours from New York City.
Dr. Rechtschaffen's book Timeshifting grew out of the workshops he leads on the creative use of time. Unlike time-management courses which teach people how to work efficiently at an ever-accelerating pace, Rechtschaffen's basic premise is that it is crucial to learn how to "timeshift," to move smoothly from fast to medium to slow and back again. Each speed has its proper place, he believes, but the rhythms of industrialized societies, including the United States, encourage us to live in "fast forward" virtually all the time. He asserts that we pay a heavy price for doing so.