We Are the Economy: The Buddhist Way of Work, Consumption, and Money (Paperback)
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A no-nonsense Zen approach to our economic realities can change everything and help us regain our freedom.
Is it possible to be personally fulfilled, and also make a difference within our current financial system? If you're skeptical, business coach and Zen practitioner Kai Romhardt proposes a minimalist, awareness-based strategy that totally reconfigures our core economic relationships: work, consumption, and money.
How do we do that? We need to pause, breathe, and get in touch with our true intentions.
Too often, we think of the economy as something outside of us, as beyond the scope of our individual choices. We're unhappy with how things are going, with unthinking growth that polarizes our world and condenses wealth at the top, but we don't know what to do. Romhardt argues that individuals who wield a sharp Buddhist mindset can, in fact, create change through personal decisions: when we can see in to society, and in to our constructs, we become empowered to choose deeply real and purposeful lives.
About the Author
Kai Romhardt works as a speaker, author, business coach, and retreat leader. He is a Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition. Since 2001, the question of what mindfulness and Buddhist practice have to offer our economy has become Kai's central focus. He has authored seven books on management, organizations, and the various aspects and impacts of mindfulness on our life, work, and thinking. He lives with his family in Berlin, Germany.
"For Romhardt, mindfulness allows the mind to see the world for what it is, and the practice of it leads to the questioning of habitual beliefs about oneself and the world. He explores how, what, how much, and why one consumes, connecting the dissatisfactions of a consumer-based economy to Buddhist teachings on interconnectivity and compassion... Romhardt's intelligent analysis demonstrates the perilous downside of rampant consumerism."
"Written in an engaging and pragmatic voice, this book offers a compassionate, meaningful approach to an area of our lives that has been so often associated with greed, toxicity, unethical practices and a winner vs. loser mindset."
“Kai shows us how the practices of stopping and of deep looking can become powerful instruments to overcome the suffering caused by our current economic thinking and acting.”
—from the foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh