Work: How to Find Joy and Meaning in Each Hour of the Day

Work: How to Find Joy and Meaning in Each Hour of the Day

by Thich Nhat Hanh


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In Thich Nhat Hanh’s latest teachings on applied Buddhism for both the work place and daily life, chapters include dealing with workplace scenarios; dealing with home and family; encounters with strangers and with daily life; transportation; and creating communities wherever you are. This book is designed for adults who are new to meditation as well as those who are more experienced. The emphasis is on how to use applied Buddhism in daily life. Work aims at contributing to new models of leadership and doing business. It is also a book full of life-coaching advice, finding happiness, and positive psychology.

We all need to "Chop Wood and Carry Water". Most of us experience work, hardship, traffic jams, and everything modern, urban life offers. By carefully examining our everyday choices we can move in the direction of right livelihood; we can be a lotus in a muddy world by building mindful communities, learning about compassionate living, or by coming to understand the concept of "Buddha nature." Work also discusses mindful consumption, or the mindful use of limited resources. Instead of Living Large in Lean Times or Ramen to Riches we can learn to appreciate living less large and think about what kind of riches we want for ourselves and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937006204
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 209,362
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France, where he gardens, writes, and teaches the art of mindful living.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Art of Mindful Living and Working 9

The Energy of Mindfulness 11

Home and Work Are Connected 13

Chapter 2 Beginning the Day 17

Waking Up 18

Setting Your Intention 18

Getting Dressed 20

Brushing Your Teeth 21

Breakfast 22

The Five Contemplations 24

Going Out the Door 24

Arriving at Work 26

Chapter 3 Mindfulness at Work 29

Mindful Breathing 31

Space to Breathe 33

A Bell of Mindfulness 34

Sitting 35

Sitting for the Sake of Sitting 36

Mindful Walking 37

Practicing Walking Meditation 39

Eating at Work 41

Restroom Meditation 43

Answering the Phone 43

Releasing Tension 44

Total Relaxation 45

Finding a Home at Work 49

The Island of Self 50

Handling Strong Emotions at Work 52

Walking Meditation and Strong Emotions 53

Dealing with Anger 54

Restoring Good Communication at Work 55

Practicing the Peace Treaty 57

Peace Treaty 60

Riding the Storm 62

Your Thoughts, Speech, and Actions Bear Your Signature 63

Loving Speech 64

Deep Listening 66

Mindful Meetings 67

Meditation before a Meeting 68

Chapter 4 Coming Home 71

Have Arrived, I Am Home 72

Coming Home to Ourselves 73

Being Present 74

A Breathing Room 76

Sitting Together 76

Housework 77

Chapter 5 A New Way of Working 81

The Three Powers 83

The First Power: Understanding 84

The Second Power: Love 84

The Third Power: Letting Go 85

The Three Powers in Business 86

Balancing Happiness and Profit: Four Business Models 88

A New Work Ethic 89

Practicing The Five Mindfulness Trainings 90

The Five Mindfulness Trainings 91

We Have Enough 96

Three Methods for Nourishing Happiness 97

Right Livelihood 99

The Spiritual Dimension of Work 100

Co-Responsibility 102

A Collective Awakening 104

Creating Community at Work 105

Everyone Needs a Sangha 106

Chapter 6 Thirty Ways to Reduce Stress at Work 109

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