So here are 5 things which I have had some of my attention over the last month:
1. David Allen‘s Getting Things Done – one of the all-time bestselling books on productivity, the catalyst of the worldwide GTD movement, many of us have read this, I decided it was time to re-read it and re-commit to certain aspects of my practice. Next-action thinking on projects or ‘stuff’ which has been hanging around for a while.
2. David Allen‘s Making It All Work – just started on this, will report back. Under advice, skipping the first section which covers the GTD phenomenon worldwide and focussing on his teachings on perspective and control. My challenge is to stay out of crazy maker and bring control and follow through to big and many project ideas.
4. The Mystery Experience – the latest book from my good friend Tim Freke – Tim’s style is really engaging and almost like he is in a dialogue with you. The breadth of his understanding of different spiritual traditions is vast. Light treatment of a serious subject. Recommended.
5. The 3 instincts – Gurdjieff talked about the three animal instincts we all have (self-preservation, sexual and social) and how one of these tends to get most of our attention and one tends to function as a blind spot. I have been paying more attention to my self-preservation needs of ‘maintaining a base of operation’ and the balance between activity and rest. Great to do some more study with Russ Hudson of the Enneagram Institute on the balance of the instincts in late May.
(Jack Butler and Russ Hudson at Eremo del Carmelo Center, Cassano Valcuvia, in the beautiful Italian Alps)