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Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (And World Peace)

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For the benefits of meditation to become widely accessible to humanity, it cannot just be the domain of bald people in funny robes living in mountains, or small groups of New Age folks in San Francisco. Meditation needs to become "real." It needs to align with the lives and interests of real people.
—from Search Inside Yourself

Early Google engineer and personal growth pione
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperOne (first published 2012)
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Thomas Holbrook
When a trusted friend suggested I read this popular book, I was interested but leery of reading – yet another – “step-by-step” plan for meditation. Typically, books on deepening one’s awareness or spirituality or devotional life are old plans retreated to appear as “new information” with the requisite (and obvious) reminder that daily adherence to the plan is required. This book’s power lies in it stating the truth that living and life are to be found the moments of “mindfulness.” Search Inside ...more
Tony DuShane
The Dalai Lama is a blurb whore. I'm actually writing a review of this book and that will be my lede.

I haven't finished the book, but it's good stuff. Mindfulness. Meditation. It's very important for us right now....more important than ever in this land of what I like to call GENERATION MARSHMALLOW.

If anyone else uses that term, tell them it's from me....more essays on these drones who play video games and can't stand a moment of time in a line or driving without telling four square where they a
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Winnie Lim
Read this in two sittings, one during dinner and one after dinner-induced food coma.

I picked up this book because I was curious what would one of the most famous Singaporeans (at least in tech) write on the intangible subject of Happiness.

I was not disappointed and actually the book turned out to be way beyond my expectations.

He advocates using mindfulness meditation as a tool to increase happiness and creativity, gives plenty of scientific evidence and statistics to prove that meditation is
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Si Barron
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan

This book looked enticing. I am interested in meditation and concentration techniques and this promised to be an enthusiastic exploration by a keen intellect. How could one resist a book claiming to be “The Secret Path to Unbreakable Concentration, Complete Relaxation and Total Self-Control?
However I had to abandon it largely because of the style and unconsious elitism of the author, a man who wears his corporate credentials on his sleeve.

Chade-MengTan is
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Diane
To people who meditate regularly, the beginning of this book will be things you already know (well, I assume so - I meditate regularly, and fee that the start of the book was a refresher course). But the science behind the examples was interesting and reinforced my commitment to meditate regularly.

And then it changed. This book took the practice of meditation and explained how it helped you at work. Like. For reals. No, really for reals.

And then it just... kept going. It kept building on the i
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Todd N
Couldn’t hang with this book after somewhere around the third chapter. Just too painful. I don’t know what I was thinking getting this book.

Well, actually I do. I figured maybe it would be a nice change to give mindfulness a try instead of my usual state of slowly being consumed in a fire of all-consuming rage. Further I figured that since I worked at Google for six-ish years maybe a class designed at Google for Google employees would be well-suited for me.

I was vaguely aware of this class when
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Pavel
Některé myšlenky jsem shledal velmi inspirativní. Připojím několik citací:

Viktor Frankl: Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

UCLA lab of Matthew Lieberman: There is a simple technique for self-regulation called "affect labeling", which simply means labeling feelings with words. When you label an emotion you are experiencing (for example, "I feel anger"), it somehow
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Jessie Young
I read this book after reading a review in the NYT. The review was actually more of a feature on the author than a review, but the topic seemed interesting and he has definitely done good work.

In the end, I didn't love it. I think that the whole "look at us we work at Google that is so hard" thing didn't work for me. Because I know people who work at Google and trust me, there are much harder jobs. I do agree that people in the workplace are too stressed these days and we need to deal with it, I
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Jess
I believe mindfulness works. I believe these techniques work in a supportive corporate environment. I wish more corporate environments were open to encouraging the overall health of employees, but I don't know if they will be unless they see a bottom-line need for it. Since this comes from Google, it carries more authority than it would from a start-up that can get by with a "hippy-dippy" approach to work. But he doesn't justify the money reason enough, I think, to convince companies that have a ...more
Alisa Bowman
I write about and teach meditation. As a result, many people ask me for a good, easy-to-read guides for beginners. Search Inside Yourself delivers. The author adapts several standard Buddhist meditations for the work setting, and he blends Dharma teachings (never really calling them Dharma, though) with the fields of psychology and specifically emotional intelligence. The book is easy read and left me with several take-aways, even though I've been meditating for years. For instance, I particular ...more
Kevan
The author has developed a course at Google designed for its engineers, during which he leads employees through an extremely accessible adaptation and explanation of meditation practices, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. As a result, principles which are often cloaked in much depth or complexity are now laid bare with simple break-out exercises, illustrations and storytelling, designed for cynical, linear-minded readers.

The first read was great, and will help me know which pages to flip
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Charles Eliot
I read Stephen Hawking's book "A Short History of Time" many years ago. Despite being very brief, "A Short History of Time" had developed a fearsome reputation as one of the great unread best-sellers. Somewhere around page 20 I realized why. Hawking went to considerable pains to avoid using equations, and he claims that the concepts can be understood without any math. Hogwash. I've struggled with the math and physics of space-time and general relatively enough to have a rudimentary understanding ...more
Pat
A visitor brought this along, so I borrowed it for a few days. I am an ardent Googler, so I figured I owed it to Google to read a book by one of their engineers on how he proposes to save the world.

Pleasant read, excellent suggestions and like a lot of things in life, easier said than done. Relax and pay attention and relax and help people and relax. Oh, and help them be at ease in life, too. Something like that. I'm poking fun, but with affection. I liked it.

I'm old enough now that a lot of wh
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Walter Burton
I recommend this book to people at several levels. First from the personal development level, the practice of both the meditation practices and his description of how to apply mindfulness in everyday interactions is great.

On the business level these skills when applied gives you the added edge of distance even in the most tense of times. This is critical in today's ever changing world where what we expect is often very different from what we get, you can view it not as a personal attack by the
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Lalita
One of the best books I've ever read. I read the Kindle edition, but am now going to buy the hardcover in addition, to more easily do the meditation exercises. (Interestingly, it also mentions the book "Good to Great: Why Some Companies make the Leap and Others Don't" many times in the context of leadership and describes paths towards achieving it).

What I also loved about this book is that it is an engineer's perspective on meditation and the science behind it. I thought his explanations of som
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Marcus Clark

SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF, Increase Productivity, Creativity and Happiness by Chade-Meng Tan

Chade-Meng Tan is a Google engineer who with the assistance of some Zen Masters and some friends, devised an extraordinary mental program: Search Inside Yourself. Chade's work at Google has been science-based, developing the incredible programs that go on inside Google headquarters. Google has long been at the forefront of creativity, thinking of new ways to do things. This easy-going, unpressured work-envir
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Suhrob
The starts with some slightly off-hand recommendations by Dan Goleman and John Kabat-Zinn from which I had an impression that Meng is a somewhat annoying guy. He does have a bit silly sense of humor (at least for me not the good kind of "silly"), but reading through the book and watching some of his talks he seems like an actually nice guy.

The book is aimed at "engineers" i.e. western, well-educated, science-affine audience, but in fact it is not technical at all and widely accessible.

The first
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Tandava Brahmachari
This book is basically a guide to developing emotional intelligence in a way that everyone can apply to their jobs and to the rest of their lives, and in a way that can even be used as a curriculum for corporate programs. It uses some simplified mindfulness meditation practices (I like how he introduces them as "the easy way" and "the easier way") along with a variety of other introspection and communication exercises. There are even scripts provided for leading the exercises right out of the bo ...more
Liz
Jon Kabat-Zinn for the work environment. So he offers "short cuts" to meditation as well as more formal instructions. I found the parts about managing emotional triggers in meetings useful. He also has some good reminders about how important it is to have a positive outlook about a person you meet even though you might have heard some unflattering things about them; some good practical empathy tips; and 'mindful' ways of handling difficult people and situations.
Anshu Malee
Seeing the title it seems like, the book must be some vast spiritual book, with deep meaning and ancient methodologies relating to finding your soul to attach( poor vocab :) ) it with infinity. But it aint that so, it is a simple book written by some engineer about knowledges and practices to train our mind, what we call meditation.

To be precise, this book is simplification and scientific interpetation, and simple illustrartion of the old teachings in a easy and understanable manner. It teaches
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Justin
Meditation for Mercenaries.

I think this book is a good but not great introduction to a narrow section the self-improvement genre. It's kind of a collection of tidbits from the fledgling, slightly obsessive neuroscience wing that requires having hard data (however imperfect) to back up the idea of the benefits of meditation. For using meditation specifically for improving yourself, "getting ahead in life" and getting along with people, this book definitely has some useful ideas, although as the
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Greg
If this were my first self-help/psychology book, I would probably have loved it. But the author makes so many references to books I've already read (Mindset, 7 Habits, Difficult Conversations, The Artists Way, even basic yoga principles), that there was very little new information. So while the information is useful, I have to give it a two-star "okay" for the lack of news, and his corny jokes.
Daniel
I found the book light hearted, interesting, entertaining and ambitious (trying to solve world peace). This book isn't for everyone. It's essentially promoting mindfulness via meditation and providing taste of the science that backs it up. It"s written by an early Google engineer and I found him easy to identify with (being developer myself). Some of the metaphors he uses (like bringing things into higher resolution) are tech inspired but for me excellent and elegant. I listened to this in audio ...more
Lauren
This book is fantastic.

I think the majority of folks that aren't liking the book, simply don't like books on meditation and mindfulness. As it has been mentioned, you can read the book but that doesn't change you. You have to do your homework afterwards.

What I like about this book versus others on the topic is that it keeps things light, while still giving you the science behind why meditation is good for you. You can really hear the positivity in Chade-Meng Tan's voice jump off the page.

Overall
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Yomna Zaki
The first book to finish reading in 2014, even though I started it in 2013. This book was recommended and lent to me by one of my eleventh grade students. I was a bit skeptical at the beginning, and thought that it's another one of those self-help books. I only read it to talk about it with my student, and OH MY GOD it turned out to be one of the most insightful books I've recently read. Everything in the book is backed up with research, and that was perfect.

I learned about "Mindful Meditation"
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Armin
The big plus of this book is that Meng manages to combine the essence of mindfulness practice, emotional intelligence, happiness psychology, self-assessment techniques, and Zen Buddhism into one harmonic and very practicable guide to medidation. And all that without being esoteric, dull, or too scientific. Even though it covers a rather large range of wisdom techniques and related topics, it is written very clearly, to the point, and in an enjoyable way.

Since I read Meng, I have read several ot
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Quynh Anh
This is a good book to apply into practice. It is easy to read. The reason I give it a 4 only is because I have come up with similar ideas in many Buddhist books, from Thich Nhat Hanh, Mingyur Ripoche or my course of Leadership from my MBA program and books like Good to Great. Yet, I think it would be great for those who have not known those things. Even after lots of exposure to Buddhism and Leadership, I think this book is a great source for practicing, especially for those who are in the work ...more
Maria Rita Biagini
Quando in un progetto c'è di mezzo Google, gli autori hanno sempre delle capacità e delle esperienze eccezionali o ritenute tali. Rischiano di passare tutti per dei geni. È così anche per questo programma che promette niente poco di meno che la felicità. Niente di originale a dire il vero. Per chi ha un minimo di dimestichezza con le filosofie buddhiste, questo programma è un restiling dell'antica pratica della meditazione. È un peccato che questa tradizione non venga riconosciuta con la dovuta ...more
Patricia Thompson
This book is wonderful for people who are interested in mindfulness, but are taken aback by books that seem to spiritual or esoteric. Given that the author is a google engineer who works with other tech-minded individuals, the strategies he provides were learning to meditate and use mindfulness are practical and no-nonsense. He also has an engaging and self-deprecating sense of humor that also make this book a pleasant read. And, who can fault him for his desire to want to bring about world peac ...more
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Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is Google's Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny). Meng was one of Google's earliest engineers. Among many other things, he helped build Google's first mobile search service, and headed the team that kept a vigilant eye on Google's search quality. His current job description is, "Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace".

Outside of Google, Meng is the Founder and
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