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48. Becoming More at Ease with Yourself

A number of years ago I had a coach who suggested that I start to give some attention to my spiritual life. She gave me books to read, tapes to listen to, meditations to practice. She also suggested that I take a rare opportunity to hear Eckhart Tolle speak at St James's church in Piccadilly. I had never heard of Eckhart Tolle, but I figured nothing would be lost by going to listen to him so I set off one Monday evening for Piccadilly. I went about an hour early because I was told that he was popular, but nothing prepared me for the sight that greeted me. The queue outside St James's curled right around the four sides of the church and extended up Piccadilly as far as the eye could see.

47. Did You Choose The Right Career?

An issue that has arisen in a number of contexts in these tips is the way we often choose to do things on the one hand, but resent doing them on the other. It's a perverse occupation, but we do it nevertheless! One of the most common arenas of life where this happens is work - it may be doing certain things at work that we resent, or it may be the job as a whole. This week's tip is about how and why we choose the work we do. A few months ago a woman came to see me. Carla is a lawyer with a large city firm and, being able and ambitious, she'd worked through the ranks and was now a partner and earning good money. But she was fed up with it. 'I hate it most of the time,' she said. 'I ha