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Sacred Commerce: Business as a Path of Awakening
In this timely book, authors Matthew and Terces Engelhart present the idea that love before appearances is the antidote to our spiritual, environmental, and social degradation. Exploring topics such as mission statements, manager as coach, human resources as a sacred culture, and inspirational meetings, they offer a manual for building a spiritual community at the workplac ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by North Atlantic Books
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I found this book poorly organized and in need of a good editing hand, but I am glad I read it. The authors present practices they use in their business, Cafe Gratitude, to encourage the understanding of work as part of a spiritual practice. Many chapters end with simple practices that could spark good discussion or serve as a starting point for journaling. I found the authors' use of religious quotations disjointed but interesting., and the book prompted me to think more deliberately about how ...more
The story behind Cafe Gratitude and their unique approach to creating a culture around people first and taking some big steps further to creating an environment where people in the organization being present and focused on the work at hand is paramount. Almost a shamanistic approach is taken. I had the opportunity to see the opening of the first cafe in Los Angeles and sense that something important is happening here.