This post is an overview of Chade-Meng Tan’s book, Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) If you enjoyed reading this review and think I need to provide others (I consume, on average, a book a week); let me know through the comments below.
My journey in developing a mindfulness practice started in 2005. After nearly a decade of starting, stopping, learning, and then starting over again my practice has become an indispensible part of my day and my life. When I learned that an engineer at Google, known as the “Jolly Good Fellow”, created a course on mindfulness I was ecstatic! Finally, an engineer who gets it and does so in such an easy to understand way that anyone can tap into the power of a mindfulness practice to bring success and happiness.
Why Be Mindful? Meng is an engineer, steeped in science and the scientific method. It’s with this background that he under-took the task to create a course that taught people the mindful-ness practice in a way in which it can be applied to everyday life. It’s not “navel gazing”; it’s bringing focus and clarity to your mind, observation of your thoughts, and installing a gap between a stimulus and your response. It’s about being attuned to other people. And by being observant, more present, and more in tune with others you end up contributing more to the bottomline because you’re clear about what you’re doing and why. [Read more…]