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Awake at Work: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity and Balance in the Midst of Work's Chaos Paperback – February 14, 2006
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"One of the best books ever written about practicing spirituality on the job."—Spirituality and Health
"Refreshingly practical and down to earth."—The Beacon
"A revelatory book that brilliantly applies Buddhist principles to the life of work and vice versa."—Warren Bennis, University Professor, University of Southern California, and author of On Becoming a Leader
"Michael Carroll does not just write about being awake at work; he has lived that awakening, thoroughly and inventively. His adaptation of Buddhist mindfulness to the complexities of modern employment is a singular and valuable accomplishment, giving us pithy exhortations and detailed instructions for being awake and aware in every workplace situation."—Lewis Richmond, author of Work as a Spiritual Practice
"An invaluable guide to surviving—and thriving—in today's demanding business environments. I've drawn on Michael's brilliant and wise advice for years. Now everyone can benefit from his wealth of insight and experience."—Deborah Dugan, president, Disney Publishing Worldwide
"A truly unique book. The wisdom that has been developed in two very different realms—that of business and spiritual practice—join together to create much richer insight and wisdom. Given the struggles of these times, these teachings are extremely important."—Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science
Top Customer Reviews
For the last three decades I have been asking three questions:
"Why do so many people sleep walk through life?"
"Would they thank us if they woke up?" and
"What could we do to help them wake up?"
The author of this important book helps provide some answers. He founded Awake at Work Associates, a consultancy that specializes in helping organizations and individuals apply mindfulness awareness in the workplace, to help both recover balance and well-being in work. Michael Carroll is both a practicing Buddhist who is an authorized teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and has over two decades experience in human resources in several large companies. He teaches mindfulness meditation at the Omega Institute, New York Open Center, and the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia.
Michael encourages us to explore our relationships to work and his book is full of practical and uplifting suggestions that are grounded in his work in meditation.
One good example is this: he points out that if we are going to be awake at work, we need to understand how we fell asleep. In Tibetan Buddhism, meditators study the six confusions or "mindsets that describe how we imprison ourselves at work.Read more ›
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One of the big lessons is that work is life - besides being a substantial portion of your life, you are actually living your life when you're at work, so you better do it in a good way for you to enjoy it and learn from the experiences. Also, what happens at work is your opportunity to learn, so in a way your coworkers are your teachers that you can appreciate and learn from. These lessons from this book help me answer the question I ask myself very often in mornings: why do I/should I go to work?
Another big lesson is about mindfulness. In addition to that, but very coupled to it, there is the fact that the reality is "empty" or fleeting. Nothing is permanent, even when they seem to be. With such mindset, you can take the life in a much simpler way. In order to help you with that, this book's recommendation is to practice sitting meditation - it can definitely help you.
As some other reviewers, I've read this book on my way to work, which was definitely the perfect time of the day to absorb some of the lessons and put them in practice right away. I recommend you take these lessons in the same way - if possible every day before going to work.
How many of us work in companies where the environment isn't as healthy as we want it to be? Yet at the same time, we're often unconscious about these toxicities--maybe even distance ourselves from them or the jobs that create them. We often attribute the job of bettering the work experience to "them"...or maybe even change the environment for our own groups or for the company at large...but in effect treat the people we want to benefit (and ourselves!) as relatively passive participants.
"Awake at Work" sheds a whole new perspective on the workplace experience. NOT just enabling people to see their own role in how they experience work. But giving very specific lenses (35, in fact) on how to change the way work feels FOR US for the better, without the environment having to change one iota. Brilliant! And a very easy, almost poetic read, too. How many books give you a whole new and very positive way to think about and experience a place you spend a lot of your time...can be used in a practical way (e.g., chapter a day)...and are just a good read in the bargain? I found Michael Carroll's "Mindful Leadership" great, too--but "Awake at Work" is entirely unique in my experience of management literature.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's long and philosophical and OH SO BORING. I hated it so much I couldn't even finish it. I left it in the hotel I was staying in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tara Buckley
Amazing. Life-altering. WISH I would have read this book 30 years ago!!!Published 4 months ago by Kenneth W Dahl
while i haven't yet completed it Mr. Carrolls first Buddhist work book (fearless at work the second) is very accessible, very practical and can be read in sections or even in... Read morePublished on August 18, 2014 by Dan
The author does a fantastic job of taking practical Buddhist principles and relating them in a way that is useful in the workplace and elsewhere. Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by Ronald Rojas