Two of the last three books I listened to in 2010 explore the principles of synchronicity and consciousness. In fact, those books* led me by coincidence to the first book I downloaded from iTunes in 2011 and listened to on my daily commute to corporate America: Super Rich, A Guide to Having It All, by Russell Simmons.
In Super Rich, Russell shares insights into achieving happiness and freedom. Through regular meditation, one achieves a “quiet, peaceful mental state that allows you to be present in life,” Uncle Rush says. He explains how compassion, nonviolence and consciousness enables one to connect with the world and our highest selves.
Russell has been on my list of individuals I respect and admire and would love to meet. Early on 1.11.11, I received an e-mail with the subject line Russell Simmons Says Hey, announcing a book signing to be held three blocks from my home. Must. Go!
Shortly thereafter the idea arose to create Coco Yogini malas of tiny faux pearls and shimmering crystals for Russell’s little girls, also meditators, and present them to him at the event. Must. Give!
On 1.14.11, we met. I introduce myself as the Corporate Yogini (see Being a Business Yogi, p. 91) and tell him his book resonated with me on many levels, as I practice Transcendental Meditation and yoga and am vegetarian.
I also tell Russell that I understand he collects prayer beads, and I have hand knotted strands of prayer beads for his girls to start their collection. He seems genuinely pleased. Then, he graciously sits for a photo with me, as we talk consciousness(!) and ahimsa(!). I am beyond thrilled!
Uncle Rush, I wish you and your radiant Ming Lee and Aoki Lee much peace&love.
Dites moi, SVP, how do you bring consciousness and compassion to the world?
* Highly recommend: Deepak Chopra’s The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence and The Book of Secrets, Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life.