"The Watch honors the passage from life to death by reaching into the nearest clock, grabbing hold of the pendulum, and stopping the movement of time. With agile prose and zero sentimentality, Sager shares valuable insights revealed to her as she walks with her father to the threshold of life. Inspired by the poignant disintegration of the watch her father wore in his final months, the author welcomes us into this difficult but intensely rich end of life journey with special attention to the mysteries of time... The Watch is deeply personal—but also universal—in its non-dogmatic commitment to bearing witness to what really matters in this life." Pre-publication Review – Kate Sheehan Roach
Sometimes the most ordinary of objects can open a door to life’s greatest mysteries.
The “spontaneous disassembling” of the author’s watch, worn by her father for the last three months of his life, is the catalyst for her to explore deep questions about time, about life and death, about ways of knowing, and the value of being open to the unknown.
This “more-than-memoir” story of a daughter’s relationship to her father and his journey through illness and death, weaves together philosophy, poetry, and spiritual inquiry. Time is the landscape; contemplative practice and the examples of her father and her teachers guide the way. The journey, not always linear, loops forward and back, a trek through the living terrain of experience: body, sense, and memory, emotion, imagination and intuitive knowing.
The author also serves as a guide, sharing experience and insight from her own paths of practice—the Alexander Technique, Anthroposophy and Contemplative Inquiry, and the Discipline of Authentic Movement, illuminating the ways each of these practices can lead to new ways of perceiving, knowing, and being. Cultivating embodied presence, intuitive insight, and the capacity to bear witness, the author suggests, can profoundly enhance our most essential relationships: parent and child, teacher and student, doctor and patient.
The book will be of interest to those dealing with the life-threatening illness of a relative or beloved friend and may also serve to support individuals who, themselves, are facing mortality. The Watch can help facilitate conversations between family members about the choices and the mystery surrounding life, death, and the unknown beyond death. The book may also appeal to teachers and doctors, inspiring new perspectives on the impact of embodied self-awareness on the quality of interactions with students and patients.
And for those already on paths of contemplative practice and spiritual inquiry, the book is an affirmation of how transformative inner growth can occur when practice is brought to life in our day-to-day experiences and relationships.
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