The One Who Is Not Busy: Connecting with Work in a Deeply Satisfying Way
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The One Who Is Not Busy: Connecting with Work in a Deeply Satisfying Way

by Darlene Cohen
     
 
In a Culture that de-emphasizes process and rewards only the final product, many professionals find themselves always looking to the next project, the next reward, the next vacation. By never focusing on the present, they miss what is right in front of them. With proven meditation techniques, Darlene Cohen walks the weary business person from this exhausted

Overview

In a Culture that de-emphasizes process and rewards only the final product, many professionals find themselves always looking to the next project, the next reward, the next vacation. By never focusing on the present, they miss what is right in front of them. With proven meditation techniques, Darlene Cohen walks the weary business person from this exhausted frustration to enlightenment: a fresh approach to time management. Following six professionals through this process, Cohen affirms that it is learning to be simultaneously "busy" and "not busy" that will allow us to experience work and the rest of our lives in a deeply meaningful way. Darlene Cohen, MA, LMT, has developed modern meditation practices that inspire the productivity and creativity so ravaged by the cult of "busyness" in the high-strung workplaces of today. A priest of the San Francisco Zen Center since 1999, she gives public and private lectures, workshops, classes, retreats, and seminars that emphasize mindfulness for corporate and medical facilities and meditation centers around the country. As workplace demands and pace have accelerated, Cohen has become fascinated by what she sees as the ready application of the principles of focus and awareness, which have been taught for centuries in Zen monasteries, to modern stressed-out workers for whom job satisfaction is a quaint ideal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567317602
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
12/08/2005
Pages:
126
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.63(d)

Read an Excerpt

Introduction: The Problem of Busyness

I agreed to write this book almost a year ago. Gibbs Smith and I had met during a five-day workshop on the topic of time and busyness at Tassajara Hot Springs, a Zen Buddhist retreat center in Big Sur. I co-facilitated the workshop, "The One Who Is Not Busy," with Basya Petnick and Rabbi Helen Cohn. Gibbs was quite taken with the notion of "simultaneous inclusion," that a worker could be both "busy" and "not busy" at the same time. "Is that enlightenment?" he asked me once after a delicious breakfast prepared by the monks at Tassajara and eaten in a charmingly rustic dining room. "Gibbs," I replied, blissfully stuffed with buckwheat pancakes and maple syrup, "if you've got simultaneous inclusion, you don't need enlightenment."

Meet the Author

Darlene Cohen, Ma., LMT, earned her graduate degree in physiological psychology and spent the majority of her Zen training-thirty years-as a laywomen. After developing rheumatoid arthritis, she became a movemont teacher for people with joint restrictions, and was then certified as a maddage and movemont teacher. Currently, she sees clients and gives workshops, classes, lectures, and seminars that emphasize mindfulness, at various medical and meditation centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington State, Illinois, and New York City.

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