Search Inside Yourself: The Secret to Unbreakable Concentration, Complete Relaxation and Effortless Self-Control Paperback – 9 May 2013
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‘This book and the course it’s based on represent one of the greatest aspects of Google’s culture―that one individual with a great idea can really change the world.’ (Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google)
‘Combining timeless wisdom with modern science, Chade-Meng Tan has created an entertaining and practical guide to success and happiness.” (Deepak Chopra)‘This is a book offering much good advice. I most appreciate Meng’s insight that expressing compassion for others brings happiness to oneself as well.’ (Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States)
‘Google engineer, Chade-Meng Tan’s book shows that to avoid certain kinds of results, you need to change the conditions that give rise to them. If you change the habitual patterns of your mind, you can change their resulting attitudes and emotions and find peace and inner happiness.’ (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
‘I applaud Chade-Meng for daring to undertake the writing of a book on “Emotional Intelligence,” within which lies the essence of knowing oneself. The practices he offers will help improve our lives and in the process lead to a world where greater peace and happiness is possible.’ (S.R. Nathan, Former President of Singapore)
About the Author
Chade-Meng Tan is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, a New York Times bestselling author, a thought leader and a philanthropist. He still runs his life-changing mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course at Google.
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I offer two ways to experience a taste of Mindfulness, the "Easy Way", and the "Easier Way". The creatively-named "Easy Way" is to simply bring gentle and consistent attention to one's breath for two minutes. That's it. Start by becoming aware that you are breathing, and then paying attention to the process of breathing. Every time your attention wanders away, just bring it back very gently.
The "Easier Way" is, as its name may subtly suggest, even easier. All you have to do is to sit without agenda for two minutes. Life really cannot get much simpler than that. The idea here is to shift from "doing" to "being", whatever that means to you, for just two minutes. Just be.
Imagine whenever you meet anybody, your habitual, instinctive first thought is, I wish for this person to be happy. Having such habits changes everything at work, because this sincere goodwill is picked up unconsciously by others, and you create the type of trust that leads to highly productive collaborations. Such habits can be volitionally trained.
Its simple advice like that, plus lots more which makes me like this book enough to offer a review.
The authors sense of humour is quite nice, although some people find it a little off-putting.
The great teachers of Visualization and Mental Rehearsal stress the importance of 'emotion' and 'feeling.' Not one of them (even all the greats on Hay House) tell you how to access your positive feelings, especially for those of us who feel that the business of life has made us numb. This does not mean unhappy, it just means one cannot 'feel' those positive emotions. On p. 19 of this book, Tan tells us that emotion is PHYSIOLOGICAL, that is, felt in the body and not somewhere in the mind that we can no longer access. When I followed the simple technique (pp.30-38) I found the depth I was looking for - in just 2 minutes! And now when I did my 70 min meditation, I went to a whole new depth, and I was able to 'feel' the emotions required for the particular visualization section of the meditation. Similarly, journaling is recommended by many teachers, yet I have only been able to do it sporadically. The explanation and recommended technique (pp.82-86) is fun. Again, only 2 minutes and yet so much can come from it.
I am particularly moved by the 'Just Like Me and Loving Kindness Meditation' (pp.143-144). Look for people in your life or just stand in the street and look for someone who needs it, and plenty of people do. And if you really want to go deep, the Tonglen Meditation (pp.175-176) is for you.
There are all sorts of processes for improving the quality of one's work life. The parts I have mentioned in this review are for one's own personal life. Perhaps many people already have a lot of experience with mindfulness, in which case this book might be rather elementary. Other reviews have felt it was too goofy or even sexist. This is my interaction to mindfulness and I found it even added a lot to my understanding and the way in which I will now approach meditation. I am excited about the processes in this book. I am excited about being able to access positive emotions again. So, if you think this might be helpful to you, try this book. Leave the parts they you don't like, and go to the parts that are of help.
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