For anyone interested in bringing more mindfulness into their professional career in sales, here are four resources that I’ve found helpful and hope that you will also.
Headspace. A simple app that is a great introduction to meditation. Founded by a former monk, Andy Puddiicombe, Headspace makes sitting approachable and friendly. Start with the free “Ten For Ten” (10 minutes a day for 10 days straight)…you’ll notice a difference. Once you’ve moved beyond this, there are great “packs” where you can focus your meditation on various topics like Creativity, Self-Esteem, Relationships and many more.
Insight Timer.zen I use this app every single day. Like Headspace, it has some guided meditations and tracks your progress – giving you stars for accomplishing milestones like consecutive days, total # of days, etc. I find it the most effective as a simple timer for silent, unguided sitting. You can also interact with a community of practitioners, see how many people are meditating right along with you and keep a journal of your practice
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. I’ve talked about this book several times before because it may be the most important book in Western Buddhism. It’s a collection of Shunryu Suzuki’s collected Dharma Talks and is a wonderful way to get to know Zen Buddhism in a very approachable and friendly manner.
Don’t Be a Jerk. Written by Brad Warner, a Buddhist priest and punk rock bassist. This book takes a very unique approach to make zen philosophy palatable for an American pop-culture audience. It’s a modern reworking/translation of The Shobogenzo (The Treasurey of the True Dharma Eye), an eight-hundred year old Zen Buddhism book written by Eihei Dogen, a famous Japanese Monk. The original book (which I’ve not read in its entirety), can be dense and difficult and Brad Warner does a terrific job making this fun and engaging while still staying true to one of the most important religious philosophers of all time.
There are plenty of other great ways to access Zen but these are a few of my favorites. I’d love to hear about yours – please get in touch, send me a message, write me an email.