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Awake at Work : facing the challenges of life on the job

Author: Michael Carroll
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala Publications, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"When we think of work, we often think of drudgery, frustration, and stress. For too many of us, work is the last place in our lives we expect to experience satisfaction, fulfillment, or spiritual growth. In this unique book, Michael Carroll--a meditation teacher, executive coach, and corporate director--shares Buddhist wisdom on how to transform the common hassles and anxieties of the workplace into valuable  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Carroll
ISBN: 1570629838 9781570629839
OCLC Number: 54677867
Description: xii, 217 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Getting started : work's invitation to wake up --
--
pt. 1. The four primary slogans --
1. Balance the two efforts --
2. Be authentic --
3. Cultivate li --
4. Work is a mess --
--
pt. 2. Developing a composed attitude --
5. No ground, no guarantees, just now --
6. A bucket and a thumb --
7. Your present job is going away --
8. Step beyond the silence of fear --
9. Power is unnerving --
10. Be cynical --
11. Contemplate wealth --
12. At times of risk and stress, cultivate stillness --
13. Cultivate " kitchen sink" mentality --
14. Be kind to yourself --
15. Open --
--
pt. 3. Working with others --
16. Welcome the tyrant --
17. First to pacify, last to destroy --
18. No blame --
19. Practice "no credentials" --
20. Cultivate the art of conversation --
21. Avoid idiot compassion --
22. Study the six confusions --
23. Extend the four composures --
24. Everybody just wants to bounce their ball --
25. Treat everyone as a guest --
26. Witness from the heart --
--
pt. 4. Acting precisely --
27. Don't forget --
28. Appreciate the intimacy of morning routines --
29. Acknowledge small boredoms --
30. Respect karma --
31. Do not-know --
32. Be humble while ambitious --
33. Notice and cut work's speed --
34. Take a fresh glimpse and adapt --
35. Keep your seat --
--
Appendices --
Instructions for mindfulness-awareness meditation --
Instructions for contemplating the slogans --
Contemplations-in-action on wealth --
Five contemplations for cultivating li.
Responsibility: Michael Carroll.
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"When we think of work, we often think of drudgery, frustration, and stress. For too many of us, work is the last place in our lives we expect to experience satisfaction, fulfillment, or spiritual growth. In this unique book, Michael Carroll--a meditation teacher, executive coach, and corporate director--shares Buddhist wisdom on how to transform the common hassles and anxieties of the workplace into valuable opportunities for heightened wisdom and enhanced effectiveness. Carroll shows us how life on the job--no matter what kind of work we do--can become one of the most engaging and fulfilling areas of our lives. At its heart, Awake at Work offers thirty-five principles that we can use throughout our day to revitalize our work as well as our understanding of ourselves and others. Carroll invites readers to contemplate these slogans and to use them on-the-spot, in the midst of work's chaos, to develop clarity, wisdom, and inspiration. Along the way, Carroll presents a variety of techniques and insights to help us acknowledge work, with all its complications, as "a valuable invitation to fully live our lives." In an engaging, accessible, and often humorous style, Awake at Work offers readers a path to rediscovering our natural sense of intelligence, confidence, and delight on the job"--Publisher description.

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