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I am Meditating on the Act of Typing as I Post This

Work as a Spiritual Practice: A Practical Buddhist Approach to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job - Lewis Richmond

I've read this book twice, and will still keep it on my desk at work and read pages as I wait for slow events on my computer to pass. Each time I read it, I discover a new "tool". The practice of the half-smile got my attention today. It's both spiritually and physiologically sound.

What I like about this book is that in reading it one is not just learning about Buddhist philosophy, but learning ways of practicing when it is most difficult. It's one thing to meditate at home at night. It's another to integrate that kind of tuned-in awareness into the various interactions and tasks of my workday. In yoga we talk about taking your practice off the mat and into your life. I don't think I could let my work be a spiritual practice without a lot of off-the-job prior training. Richmond could have emphasized more clearly that basic mindfulness meditation is going to be, for most people, a necessary foundation for turning everyday life into an extension of that practice. It's hard to do something so simple. Well worth it, though.