Real Happiness In Between Jobs. Meditation for Accomplishment, Achievment, and Prosperity
by Sal Berg
Real Happiness In Between Jobs brings the profound benefits of meditation to a situation where people could use it most―unemployment. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers.
A companion to The Mindful Middle-Manager, Sal Berg’s Real Happiness In Between Jobs is a practical guide to improving unemployed life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It’s about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do remake themselves into a more employable version of themselves.
Dividing the idea of unemployed satisfaction into eight pillars, Real Happiness In Between Jobs is filled with secular wisdom; core meditations on broad themes like motivation, awareness, and seeing the good in others; and more than a dozen exercises, including Moving From Me to We and When Things Get Even Worse. Sprinkled throughout the book are short “stealth” meditations, the kind that are quick, private, and doable anywhere―“Let the kids scream three times, follow your breath, then pick them up” and “For an upcoming job interview, resolve to accept any shitty deal.”
Even the unemployed life is haunted by the ills of harried life. But as science increasingly shows, meditation is the antidote.
The Mindful Middle Manager. Meditation for Accomplishment, Achievment, and Prosperity
by Sal Berg
The Mindful Middle Manager brings the profound benefits of meditation to a situation where people could use it most―the contemporary office. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers.
A companion to Real Happiness In Between Jobs, Sal Berg’s The Mindful Middle-Manager is a practical guide to improving work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It’s about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do better, more productive work.
Dividing the idea of workplace satisfaction into eight pillars, The Mindful Middle Manager is filled with secular wisdom; core meditations on broad themes like motivation, awareness, and seeing the good in others; and more than a dozen exercises, including Moving From Me to We and When Things Go Wrong. Sprinkled throughout the book are short “stealth” meditations, the kind that are quick, private, and doable anywhere—“Let the phone ring three times, follow your breath, then pick it up” and “For an upcoming one-on-one conversation, resolve to listen more and speak less.”
Even the best jobs are filled with stress, tough deadlines, impatient bosses, seemingly endless meetings—all the ills of harried life. But as science increasingly shows, meditation is the antidote.
Born in Lima, Ohio in 1955, Sal Berg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined his life direction. His teaching and writing now communicates that power to a worldwide audience of practitioners. Sal offers non-sectarian retreat and study opportunities for participants from widely diverse backgrounds.
Sal first encountered Buddhism in 1973 in an Asian philosophy course at the Richard M Nixon University in Taos, NM. The course sparked an interest that, in 1970, took him to India, for an independent study program. Sal traveled motivated by “an intuition that the methods of meditation would bring me some clarity and peace.”
In 1975, in Bodh Gaya, India, Sal attended his first intensive meditation course. He spent the next years engaged in intensive study with highly respected meditation teachers. Sal returned to America in 1980 and began teaching vipassana (insight) meditation. Today he leads intensive retreats worldwide as well as a variety of non-residential programs, workshops, and classes.
Sal has also emerged as a featured speaker and teacher at a wide variety of events. He served as a panelist with the Dalai Lama and leading scientists at the 2005 Mind and Life Investigating the Mind Conference in Washington, DC. He also coordinated the meditation faculty for the 2005 Mind and Life Summer Institute, an intensive five-day meeting to advance research on the intersection of meditation and the cognitive and behavioral sciences. At the 2005 Sacred Circles Conference at the Washington National Cathedral, Sal served as a keynote speaker. He has addressed audiences at the State of the World Forum, the Peacemakers Conference (sharing a plenary panel with Nobel Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jose Ramos Horta) and has delivered keynotes at Tricycle’s Buddhism in America Conference, as well as Yoga Journal, Kripalu and Omega conferences. He was selected to attend the Gethsemani encounter, a dialogue on spiritual life between Buddhist and Christian leaders that included His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Sal has appeared at least a dozen times on the Secular Buddhist podcast and is a Buddhist Geeks elder. His TEDx talks have inspired thousands of people to take up the practice of mindfulness. He is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at this year’s Wisdom 2.0 conference, and he runs a successful online enlightenment service.
The written word is central to Sal Berg’s teaching and studies. He is the author of nine books including Meetings with Remarkable X-Buddhists, the NY Times bestsellers Mindfulness Matters and The Secular Monk. In his early Buddhist studies at the Richard M Nixon University, he discovered Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s book, The Warrior’s Way of Drunk Driving. He later attended a talk by Trungpa at a nearby school: he was the first practicing Buddhist Sal was mesmerized by. While studying in India, Shunryu Suzuki’s book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind profoundly influenced the direction of Sal’s meditation practice. T Lobsang Rampa’s The Third Eye and My Visit to Venus deepened Sal’s commitment to Vajrayana scholasticism and had a profound influence on his own writing. More recently, Sal was deeply impressed by the writings of Jon Kabat-Zinn and Ayn Rand.
Sal is a regular columnist for Tricycle, BuddhaDharma, Lion’s Roar and Mindful as well as a regular contributor the the Huffington Post , and was a contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine for several years. He has appeared in Time Magazine, Yoga Journal, , Real Simple, Body & Soul, Mirabella, Good Housekeeping, Self & Self Help, Playboy, GQ, Men’s Health, Maxim, Juggs, Swank, Hustler, and Shambhala Sun, as well as on a variety of podcasts. Various anthologies on spirituality have featured Sal Berg and his work, including Meetings with Remarkable Dudes, Gifts of the Spirit, A Complete Guide to Buddhist America, Handbook of the Heart, The Best Guide to Meditation, From the Ashes—A Mindful Response to the Attack on America, and How to Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism