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Once a Stanford-trained corporate lawyer, Chris initially took up mindfulness practices like meditation, yoga and qi gong to reduce the stress he experienced in his job. He quickly found some relief -- he became able to easily let go of the tensions of his day when he got home and get a good night's sleep.
More importantly, after a few months of this routine, Chris started noticing something else: the way he was experiencing his work was changing. In situations at his job that used to be stressful and anxiety-provoking, he found himself centered and calm. He started getting more done in less time, feeling less distracted, and even finding joy in seemingly mundane tasks.
After a few years of keeping up his yoga and meditation practices, he had another realization. In the beginning, he'd thought of his practices as things he could only do at home, on his own time.
But in fact, as Chris began to see, there actually were forms of movement, breathing and visualization he could use in real time, as he sat at his desk. With these techniques, he realized, he could instantly reduce his stress, enter a state of effortless attention, and reconnect with his sense of purpose in what he did.
One morning, Chris awoke and recognized he had a gift to offer the world. He could help others find the peace and focus in their work that he'd discovered, and help create a world with less stress and more joy, by teaching people to incorporate spiritual practices into their working lives. With this goal in mind, he completed trainings in coaching and course leading, and left his law firm to become an author, speaker and personal coach.
Today, Chris has brought his message about finding productivity and career satisfaction from within to clients and readers around the world.
Chris's articles have appeared in the print magazines Balance, Balanced Living, EdgeLife, Mystic Pop, New Age Journal, New Renaissance, Self- Improvement, WellBeing and Wisdom. Chris has also written extensively online, in his own influential blog Work Consciously and in the popular blogs The Change Blog, Dumb Little Man, Urban Monk, The Positivity Blog and Pick the Brain.
Like many good coaches he keeps some distance - I didn't get the idea I knew Chris any better after reading the book.
This book directly addressed some issues that I have been having with my feelings about work and equipped me with tools to address those conflicts.
It's about noticing our patterns of thinking and feeling that tend come up when our less-than-desirable work habits surface.
I think Chris is underselling when he says "This book is about cultivating what I call inner productivity -- the mental and emotional state that allows you to get the most done and... Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by ianpeatey
This book directly addressed some issues that I have been having with my feelings about work and equipped me with tools to address those conflicts.Published on February 12, 2010 by LLB