The Practice of People-Watching

A little spiritual practice I recommend is to go to a public place where you can sit and watch human beings, perhaps at a café or in the park. I call it “people-watching.” The only difference between ordinary people-watching and this kind of people-watching is that your practice is not to attach any label or […]

I’m bored and I’d like to change jobs. How can I find out what will give me joy and a feeling of meaningfulness?

ET: You always start with the present moment. You start with where you are rather than trying to get away from where you are. I suggest, when you travel to work every morning, that you enter the state of presence rather than drifting off into thinking. Be there every moment, whether you’re driving or taking public transportation or […]

If adversity can help us become more conscious, what about when the life situation is going well?

You can either be forced into awakening, in which case you have to wait until things fall apart around you or death approaches—or you can voluntarily embrace awakening, which is what you are doing right now (along with most of you reading these words). In other words, you choose presence. You choose to look around […]