Posts Tagged ‘attention’

What Are You Investing In?

August 7, 2013


In a talk at the annual Self-Realization Fellowship Convocation today, Brother Bhumananda spoke of the folly of investing so much time and attention in the care of the body.

He used the analogy of a banker telling a customer, “We don’t know when it will happen—it could be ten years, twenty years or forty years—but one day everything will (more…)

The Secret to Being a Great Conversationalist

March 24, 2012

Years ago, I read this anecdote in Dale Carnegie‘s classic work, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and I never forgot it. It made that great an impression on me. Ever since, I’ve gone into conversations with the intent to listen instead of talk, and the rewards have been tremendous. Why would I want to talk about myself all the time? I already know everything I’d be saying. Instead, by listening, I get to learn about all sorts of things and creates stronger and more intimate bonds with all sorts of interesting people.

Here is Dale’s story:

I met a distinguished botanist at a dinner party given by a New York book publisher. I had never talked with a botanist before, and I found him fascinating. I literally (more…)

You Say “Tomato,” I Say “Oops”!

April 14, 2011

I was a clueless, self-absorbed teenage boy. (Is there any other kind?) While working at Taco John’s one evening, a guy came in and ordered two tacos, no tomatoes. As I was preparing his delicious meal, I started yapping with my co-worker and friend, Juanita. When I wrapped up his tacos and handed them to him, he looked at me disdainfully and said, “I said, ‘No tomatoes.'”

I felt my cheeks flush with a hot rush of embarrassment. I apologized profusely, took his tacos out of the bag, unwrapped them, put (more…)

The Forests of Stagnation

April 1, 2011

Your future glows ever more brightly the more pure your desire to be a positive force for good in the world.

Nature magically suits the man to his fortunes, by making these the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Devote your life to the pursuit of self-gratification, and the compartments of your (more…)