The Office Sutras sums itself up in the first couple of pages: “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. The job you have right now, no matter how frustrating, no matter how screamingly imperfect, is part of your spiritual path. The work you’re doing right now, no matter how thankless or inane, is noble work, because it presents you with exactly what you need for your spiritual growth, assuming you pay the right kind of attention to it.”pg 3 And then every page there after pretty much repeats that.
This book just wasn’t for me. Every chapter presents a common problem that one can encounter at work and then gives exercises that you can use to examine the issue in a different way and come to some understanding about it. I realized that I was never going to do any of the exercises and I didn’t regret that in any way. Big fail.
If you’re going to read a self help book that deals with work and has a Buddhist vibe, I’d suggest Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives. Thich Nhat Hanh is brilliant and I find his writing to be more appealing than this offering. Thanks for reading!