|Michael Carroll, |
Awake at Work: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles
for Discovering Clarity & Balance in the Midst of Work's Chaos
Michael Carroll's book, Awake at Work: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity & Balance in the Midst of Work's Chaos, cultivates mindfulness on the job via 35 slogans (or principles) designed to provide natural wisdom, openness and poise in the workplace.
The slogans in the book are derived from the spiritual practice of lojong described in the Tibetian Buddhist text The Root Text of the Seven Points of Training the Mind. Carroll recommends a four-step approach of identifying four primary slogans, randomly selecting others to study at your leisure, looking for spontaneous applicability of slogans throughout your day, and deliberately contemplating a slogan a day through meditation, a journal or an index card system.
The slogans are presented as much more than simple maxims. Each chapter is a well-formed essay with historical perspective, practical modern-day applications and the benefits of each principle. Many chapters encourage the reframing of our thoughts and acceptance of what factors are within and beyond our control. The reader is repeatedly encouraged to meditate and reflect to explore specific aspects of work. The appendix includes practical instructions for conducting a meditation session, strategies for contemplating the slogans and tips for cultivating li (the social rituals of decency and goodness).
29 September 2007