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The Eye-Twitch Path to Peace

Two months before my 38th birthday, I was offered the job of my lifetime: joining the marketing and management consulting staff of a large, well-regarded international consulting group. It turned out that the job was really two jobs. One was doing training seminars for entrepreneurs. The other was working with young companies on their initial business and marketing plans. Added together, it meant that I had to spend somewhere around 60 hours a week to stay on top of my obligations. No matter. I was young, I was happy, I was well paid. I had a red sports car – a Saab, but still. My boyfriend was the hunkiest entrepreneur this side of the Rockies.Within five months of joining the firm my left eye started to twitch. If you’ve ever experienced this you know that twitches are completely unpredictable: they can start at any time, are without rhythm, and last just as long as they want to. In other words, your eye just goes nuts. My twitches mostly struck during client meetings or after a long day of teaching. At first I worried that the twitch would be distracting to other people in meetings but then quic …

Geri Larkin is the founder and former head teacher of Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple, a Zen meditation center in the heart of inner-city Detroit. She is the author of many books including Stumbling Toward EnlightenmentBuilding a Business the Buddhist Way,Tap Dancing in ZenFirst You Shave Your Head, and The Still Point Dhammapada

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