The Office Sutras: Exercises for Your Soul at Work

Marcia Menter, Author Red Wheel $14.95 (228p) ISBN 978-1-59003-020-2
""The basic premise of this book is that we're on a spiritual journey every second of our lives, not just during those times we set aside to contemplate the cosmos,"" writes Menter, a magazine editor. In this small, conversational book, she maintains that work IS a spiritual practice, despite--or actually because of --its annoyances, occasional absurdities and frustrations. Such daily trials can lead to spiritual growth, Menter affirms. The book, which seems primarily directed to professional women, is funny and practical as it argues for an integration of the spiritual life with the realities of the nine-to-five grind. Menter tackles such tough issues as money, procrastination, bosses from hell, boredom, getting fired or laid off, and screwing up. (That chapter is particularly refreshing, as Menter gives readers permission to ""screw up royally"" and check their perfectionism at the office door.) Throughout, she explores the Buddhist idea that spirituality is about awareness and mindfulness of the present moment. ""A spiritual path,"" Menter summarizes, ""is not about getting there. It's about being here.""
Reviewed on: 08/01/2003
Release date: 07/01/2003
Genre: Nonfiction
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