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Occupy the Moment: A Mindful Path to a New Economy [Kindle Edition]

Rick Heller
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The Occupy Wall Street movement has struck a chord with a large number of Americans who are dissatisfied with the growing inequality in wealth and opportunity in the United States as well as abuses in the financial sector.

Occupy the Moment lays out a path to a new economy based on the environmental economics popularized in the 1970s by books like E.F. Schumacher’s, “Small is Beautiful” and updated it to include the latest scientific research on consumer behavior.

Occupy the Moment also includes a series of fun exercises in mindfulness, a way of “being in the moment” that shows how to slow down, enjoy simple pleasures, and avoid materialism. By being more mindful, the 99% can change our culture from one that promotes greed to one that honors compassion and loving-kindness.

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"These are wise teachings and helpful practices."

Jack Kornfield
Author of A Path With Heart

"Rick Heller provides a fresh perspective and a rallying point for the Occupiers. In Occupy the Moment, he calls for a better economy, not a bigger one, and he shows us how to make progress by first changing our own thinking and behavior. People around the world are opening their eyes and seeing that we're mired in an environmental and economic mess, and they're trying to figure out what to do next. Heller's contribution is a map for navigating out of the mess, and he's put it in our hands at just the right moment."

Robert Dietz
Former executive director, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
Author of the upcoming book, Enough Is Enough

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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed, mindfulness, and the Occupy movements November 4, 2011
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The author of this book, Rick Heller, has a number of interests: he is a software engineer, a freelance journalist, editor of an online magazine, a teacher and writer on mindfulness meditation, and now an activist at Occupy Boston (where among other things he led a mindfulness meditation at the encampment in Dewey Square near South Station). These many interests of are combined in his new e-book, Occupy the Moment: A Mindful Path to a New Economy. In this book, which is both a political tract for the times and a handbook on mindfulness meditation, he discusses some of his thoughts on the issues driving the "Occupy" movement, namely the growth of extreme economic inequality in the United States over the past thirty years, the ongoing environmental crisis, as manifested in pollution, depletion of non-renewable resources, and global warming, and the social and psychological costs of our consumer society. In fact as Heller notes, one of the paradoxes of the current economic order, is that we have millions of people who due to unemployment or underemployment are lacking the means to satisfy their most basic needs. Meanwhile, at the same time, we have many millions of people who do have enough to satisfy their basic needs but who find themselves trapped in what he calls the "consumption treadmill", where they become addicted to ever increasing consumption. The curious thing about the consumption treadmill is that the resulting overconsumption helps to worsen our ecological problems, increase financial indebtedness, both private and public, and yet, people do not seem to be any happier from this increased consumption. And ultimately, the consumption treadmill simply reinforces the subservience of the 99% to the top 1%. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 22, 2014
By John
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I wish that everyone would read this book. It has such great simple ideas that if instituted can truly change the world for the better
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4.0 out of 5 stars Occupy an Engagement, Instead? December 24, 2011
By Balios
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I deeply admire Rick Heller's mission. But I wish that he had said much more about "engaged" mindfulness and how its appeal might be expanded to reach those of us who don't find Buddhism predominately attractive as a philosophy. I enjoy being a problem-solver who sets high, realistic goals. I do feel much happier, both in my present moments and overall, now that I am retired with enough money to pursue my creative and philanthropic interests, thanks to my kind, generous, entrepreneurial husband, who will readily admit that he worked, at least in part, to make some money. Sadly, given our country's appalling lack of social safety nets, and pace Kahneman (who, in my opinion, neglected to ask some of the right sorts of questions in his study), it may take more than a household annual income of $75,000 to set aside enough for the housing, living, and health care expenses of our old age. And forget about saving for college educations for the kids! Are the happy people in this bracket in denial when they're asked how they feel at the time? Maybe they should be, because it's the best way to get through the day. Nevertheless, the future remains a factor, and we shouldn't assume that professors speak for everyone who actually likes to work for more. Every moment need not be stress-free for those of us more temperamentally attuned to action.

Still, I wholeheartedly agree that we need to encourage a basic societal shift in attitude, one that brings us closer to, say, the sixties, when it just wasn't cool to be so selfish and greedy. Back then, many young adults did think that it was far better to work for causes that could help to improve the circumstances of an ever-enlarging group of people around the world. Hopefully, they will do so again, appropriately armed with many of the sugggestions made in this book.
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