Guess who had the following reading list:
- Be Here Now by Baba Ram Dass
- Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunriu Suzuki
- Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
- Cutting through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa
Yes, it was Steve Jobs, sometime in the seventies, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson. Isaacson tells us this, not least because it provides the intellectual – or maybe better spiritual – background for the minimalist aesthetics of what was to be Jobs’ global brand.
That spiritualism though was messy, often troubled and occasionally troubling compared to the clinical and secular mindfulness approaches we are more used to these days.