One of the most popular #30DayChallenge ideas is to either start or make more real a meditation practice. Right now everyone is talking about meditation.
Arianna Huffington, “One of the best — and cheapest — ways to become healthier and happier is through mindfulness exercises like meditation.”
Oprah, “Knowing for sure that even in the daily craziness that bombards us from every direction, there is—still—the constancy of stillness.”
Gabrielle Bernstein, “Whether you’re a meditation newbie or have had a practice for years, the powerful act of tuning in can be challenging at times.”
Harvard Health Publications, “One of her recent studies (which was included in the JAMA Internal Medicine review) found that a mindfulness-based stress reduction program helped quell anxiety symptoms in people with generalized anxiety disorder, a condition marked by hard-to-control worries, poor sleep, and irritability.”
I’ve been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 20 years and I have seen a change in how I interact with people, how I notice emotional states, and how I communicate. I’m not perfect, by any means, but it is a practice that I recommend. Especially for people in the work place. Life and work are stressful and learning how to not react all of the time is especially helpful. Who needs that roller coaster?
Current Meditation Books I’m Reading
I’m reading three books right now and will do full reviews, but you can pick them up on Amazon, your local book independent book store or ask your local library to get them (like I did!)
Real Happiness at Work by Sharon Salzberg – Real Happiness at Work brings the profound benefits of meditation to an area where people could use it most—the workplace. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers.
A follow-up to Real Happiness, the New York Times bestseller, Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness at Work is a practical guide to improving work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It’s about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do better, more productive work. (From the publisher)
The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh (author of my favorite book on meditation and mindfulness Peace is Every Step) – Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, bestselling author of Peace is Every Step and one of the most respected and celebrated religious leaders in the world, delivers a powerful path to happiness through mastering life’s most important skill.
How do we say what we mean in a way that the other person can really hear?
How can we listen with compassion and understanding?
Communication fuels the ties that bind, whether in relationships, business, or everyday interactions. Most of us, however, have never been taught the fundamental skills of communication—or how to best represent our true selves. Effective communication is as important to our well-being and happiness as the food we put into our bodies. It can be either healthy (and nourishing) or toxic (and destructive). (from the Publisher)
Walk Like A Buddha, Even If Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex is Torturing You, & You’re Hungover Again by Lordo Rinzler – From the author of the best-selling Buddha Walks into a Bar . . ., tips for living with integrity, compassion, and happiness—from his popular Huffington Post advice column.
How can I be the person I want to be when I’m stuck in a job I hate? How is it possible to stay present in an era of nearly constant distractions? Can I pick someone up at a bar or club and still call myself spiritual?
This nitty-gritty guide to life for the spiritual-but-not-necessarily-religious uses Buddhist teachings to answer those burning questions and a host of others related to going out, relationships, work, and social action. Based on Lodro Rinzler’s popular advice columns, Walk Like a Buddha offers wisdom that can be applied to just the sort of dilemmas that tend to arise for anyone making even a modest attempt to walk like a Buddha–that is, to live with honesty, wisdom, and compassion in the face of whatever life surprises you with. (from the Publisher)