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Meditation, Mindfulness and Meaning
'A New Earth' – Eckhart Tolle
'The Monk who sold his Ferrari' – Robin Sharma
'Happiness' – Matthieu Ricard
'The Art of Happiness at Work' – His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
'Counselling for toads' – Robert de Board
Putting coaching into practice
'Time to think' – Nancy Kline
'One Minute Manager' – Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
'Blink' – Malcolm Gladwell
'Eat, Pray, Love' – Elizabeth Gilbert
'Essays in love' – Alain de Botton
'We are the weather makers' – Tim Flannery
'Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.' Confucius
'The caterpillar does the graft but the butterfly gets all the publicity.' Albert Camus
'Your vision will become clear only when you can look within your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.' Carl Jung
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, each about 2" in diameter.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. This time the students were sure and they responded with a unanimous "YES!"
The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour their entire contents into the jar -- effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children, things that, if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car".
The sand is everything else. The small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued "there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you".
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. Do something for the community. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, and give a dinner party.
"Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."
Carrying the past
Two Zen monks, Tanzan and Ekido, were walking along a country road that had become extremely muddy after heavy rains. Near a village, they came upon a young woman who was trying to cross the road, but the mud was so deep it would have ruined the silk kimono she was wearing. Tanzan at once picked her up and carried her to the other side.
The monks walked on in silence. Five hours later, as they were approaching the lodging temple, Ekido couldn't restrain himself any longer. "Why did you carry that girl across the road?" he asked. "We monks are not supposed to do things like that."
"I put the girl down hours ago," said Tanzan. "Are you still carrying her?"