Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.

Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind


Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi


Meaningful Work

Good Business

Great fullness seems empty, yet it will never be drained. Great straightness looks crooked. Great skill appears clumsy. Great eloquence sounds like stammering. Movement overcomes cold, stillness overcomes heat. The calm and quiet set right everything under heaven.” Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching, Chapter 45

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My Book About Right Livelihood

Mindfulness & Meaningful Work: Explorations in Right Livelihood

This anthology explores the integration of mindfulness and ethics in the workplace. In these pages some of the leading thinkers and doers of our time share their insights on the value of work and on mindful work practices as well as stories and advice about finding work that is meaningful, life-affirming, and non-exploitative.  A few of the contributors to the book include:
  • Robert Aitken
  • Rick Fields
  • Shakti Gawain
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Sam Keen
  • Ellen Langer
  • Joanna Macy
  • E.E Schumacher
  • Marsha Sinetar
  • Gary Snyder
  • Shunryu Suzuki
  • Tarthang Tulku
. . . among many others.
If you have the greatest job in the world, read this book. If you’re unemployed, read this book. If you question the value of your work, read this book. You’ll learn about yourself and about different ways of approaching not just your work, but your life.” –Mountain Record

My Book About Community

In the Company of Others: Making Community in the Modern World

A New Conscious Reader

Claude Whitmyer, Editor & Contributor

Foreword by Eric Utne, founder of Utne Reader and the Utne Salons.

An inspiring guide to making deeper connections with others by living or working together.

Contributors include:
    • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    • Arthur J. Deikman
    • Robert K. Greenleaf
    • Shirley Jackson
    • Jiddu Krishnamurti
    • Arthur E. Morgan
    • Thich Nhat Hanh
    • M. Scott Peck
    • Gary Snyder
    • Starhawk
    • Howard Thurman
    • And many others.
“To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding, in spite of distances or thoughts expressed, can make of this earth a garden.” Goethe
There is something about being human that makes us yearn for the company of others, to be members of a family of the spirit, a team, or a clan in which we are fully seen and understood. Stuck inside our own skins, we often feel alone and cut off; we want to be with others who are finding ways of ending their sense of isolation by joining together in loosely and tightly structured communities of peers. In the Company of Others explores how people are solving the dilemma of separation and building deep community through:
  • artists’ groups
  • business support teams
  • electronic networks
  • food co-ps
  • intellectual salons
  • men’s and women’s ritual groups
  • intentional spiritual communities
  • addiction recovery programs
  • aids and cancer survivor’s groups
This book brings together a range of voices singing the praises of the human dream of community in its many forms. It offers guidance for starting community, and practical solutions for the economic and emotional difficulties that may arise when we live or work with others, involving authority, communication, decision making, membership, and purpose. In the Company of Others is full of profiles of successful groups and communites. It offers a fresh vision of human life in creative togetherness.
Creating community and making it work is one of the most powerful imperatives of American life. While many social critics have been lamenting the loss of this precious resource in today’s world, few have really treated the subject with the breadth and depth it deserves. In the Company of Others: Making Community in the Modern World gathers together 32 essays on this important aspect of contemporary life. As editor of this anthology, editor Claude Whitmyer draws on his experiences as the coordinator of the Briarpatch Community to introduce the sections of this paperback on seeking, making, finding, and living in communities. New forms of shared life, connectedness, and common purpose have come to the fore in our heterogeneous and pluralistic world. Essayists such as M. Scott Peck, Ram Dass, and Gary Snyder comment on the challenges of communication, authority, decision-making, and purpose in the maintenance of community. One thing is for sure: there is no shortage of variety in the forms of association covered in this book. Some of the types include neighborhood service clubs, business support teams, food co-ops, men’s and women’s ritual groups, intentional spiritual communities, electronic networks, intellectual salons, and artists’ groups. The Company of Others is one of the best books on community published in many a moon. (Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, http:\\ http:\\\book-reviews\view\7132\in-the-company-of-others

My First Business Book

Running A One-Person Business

This small business handbook provides a comprehensive approach to the needs of the solo entrepreneur, with or without employees. With interviews of many successful entrepreneurs who have struck out on their own and stuck with it, this book is brimming with practical information needed by those currently in business for themselves or those who are planning to be.
Running A One-Person Business . . . will rank with the top ten business books of this decade in importance and usefulness. Paul Hawken, author — Growing a Business and Natural Capital
… a fabulous testament to creating a rewarding lifestyle through your work, whether gardener, physicist, or dressmaker. It’s also a no-nonsense, one step-at-a-time primer to getting there from here … I wish I’d had it … when I wiggled out of the corporate cocoon. Tom Peters, author — In Search of Excellence, Liberation Management, and Re-Imagine: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age

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