It so easy to be seduced by future promises of success, happiness and fulfilment. Have you noticed that even when you reach a certain goal or milestone ( a new job, new car, overseas holiday) the experience is not quite up to what you anticipated AND once it’s over there is a hollowness and then the seeking of the next Big Thing? That’s often my experience. Seems like I am finally learning and understanding that the future promised land, the grand prize is nothing more than a mirage. The oasis, water and palm trees look sooooo inviting form far off. They become all I can think about an the quicker I can get there the better. Once there though, the image vanishes and I see that the sand here is the same as the sand that I ‘left behind’. The hoped for reward was an illusion.
Love this from www.everydaypeoplecartoons.com …
Silicon Valley Wises Up
This is brilliant and inspiring! Two high profile business oriented events focusing on mindfulness, meditation, compassion and spirituality in business are making waves in the States.
One of my passions and areas of interest is the cross over between spirituality and business. Too often these are (artificially) seen as two separate and distinct realms. Now the illusory divide is collapsing, which is great to see.
The Wisdom 2.0 are Being Human conferences are mixing business and ancient holistic wisdom including meditation and mindfulness. They are attracting major players in the Tech industry including Google, Twitter and Cisco and are highly popular and expected to sell out.
Talks include “Ancient Wisdom and Modern Life” given by eBay Inc. founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, and “Wisdom-based Practice and Leadership” with Cisco Chief Technology Officer. Awakened teacher and author Eckhart Tolle is a key note speaker at Wisdom 2.0.
What was once considered fringey is rapidly becoming mainstream. The innovative early adopters are well and truly embracing these new approaches to business. So much so that I found out about these events in article in the Wall Street Journal!
Expect what is happening over there to reach our shores too. Read a short article about what is happening here.
In a very funny, sharp and entertaining talk, psychologist Shaun Achor talks about how as humans beings, we often think that ‘When we are successful, then we be happy”. He clearly shows why this is both a psychologically and scientifically flawed approach. He doesn’t leave us hanging though, he presents a profound alternative.
Someone once told me that 50% of any decision we make, will end up being the wrong decision. “Wrong” meaning of course – it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it it to. I think that is a fairly accurate ratio. The outcome of any decision or action we make is entirely out of our hands and over time it makes sense that the split is 50/50 in terms of a ‘right’ decision or a ‘wrong’ decision.
We seemingly make the decision and well, hope for the best. Why give ourselves such a hard time then when the outcome is not what we thought? Making a mistake or failing can so often seem like such a big deal in my life – almost ‘end of the world” stuff.
In truth we can only make the best decision or take the wisest action we can at the time and even then it may be that we may not the one acting or deciding.