“How can I be a successful leader?” a young CEO asked. “By being fully present.” “Does that mean I have to be everywhere and micromanage?” “That would be impossible and inadvisable,” the sage responded. “Being present is first of all being with yourself. Then you’ll see clearly, truly understand and act courageously.” ( (Francis J…

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“When the monk goes to the tavern, the tavern becomes his cell. When the drunk goes to a cell, the cell becomes his tavern.” (Anthony de Mello). Holiness is not the attribute of a place, but the quality of an experience. It is not the trait of a person, but the quality of presence. The…

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Summer time and children are out of schools. Many parents face a frequent plaint from their kids , “I’m bored!” Both the parents and the children seem to believe that it is the former’s job to keep them stimulated at all times. And many parents engage in various pirouettes and performances to keep them entertained.…

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An American friend of mine who was familiar with India, travelled with a friend of his who was visiting the country for the first time. His friend, who had brought with him a bunch of books, set out to read throughout his journey. He missed the scenery, the colours and sounds, the noise and bustle…

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A tourist visiting a place of breath-taking beauty makes frantic efforts to capture every moment and every scene on his camera. He spends all his time shooting everything he sees, and from various angles, knowing that it is a rare opportunity that may never come again. And he hopes to review, edit and enjoy the…

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Not long ago RTE Guide carried a brief report of a talk by Robin Sharma in Dublin. The well known author referred to a meeting he had with one of Asia’s top CEOs. Sharma asked him what the secret of his outrageous success was. The CEO smiled and said: “I make the time to think.”…

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We were all quite happily talking about global warming until recently and were hardly thinking of an impending global financial meltdown. But here it is, and we seem to be rather clueless about the dimensions of the problems as well as a way out of this. Our first impulse in difficult situations is to look…

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A parable from the Buddha: A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where,…

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“In ancient times, if you put your hand up and asked ‘how many?’ they would say ‘Nine’. Five for the fingers on your hand and four for the spaces between them — the space around us is as important as the space inside us,” says Chungliang Al Huang, the highly regarded authority of Tai Ji,…

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The Master must have known that his words were frequently beyond his disciples’ comprehension. He spoke them nonetheless in the knowledge that a day would surely come when they would take root and blossom in the hearts that heard him. One day he said: “Time always seems too long when you wait – for a…

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