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Table of Contents

Foreword by Megan Marie Brien – IX
1. Hearing the Call – 1
2. About Sacred Commerce – 5
3. Our Four Insights – 15
4. Clear on Clearing – 25
5. The Calling of Mission Statements – 33
6. Being as Source – 35
7. Abundance Is an Inside Job – 43
8. The Manager as Coach – 49
9. Manager Medicines: Distinctions – 53
10. Leading Inspiring Meetings – 61
11. The Art of Sacred Service – 65
12. There Is Nothing Wrong – 67
13. Giving Up Being Right – 69
14. The Power of Making Requests – 71
15. The Gift of Acknowledgment – 73
16. The Value of Integrity – 75
17. Looking at Upsets – 79
18. Getting Complete with Failure – 83
19. Being Complete – 87
20. The Freedom of Apologizing – 89
21. Forgiveness Is a Gift – 91
22. The Culture of Human Resources – 93
23. Leaving People in Great Shape While Letting Them Go – 95
24. Work as Play/This Is It – 99
25. Creating Games – 101
26. The Inevitability of Oneness – 113
27. Sacred Commerce Isms – 117
Recommended Resources – 119
About the Authors – 121

About the Author

Matthew and Terces Engelhart are the owners of Cafe Gratitude, a popular organic vegan restaurant chain in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Terces is also the author of I Am Grateful, a recipe and lifestyle book based on their restaurant. They live in San Francisco.


“We are avid fans of anyone who can truly make a difference in these challenging times. Café Gratitude is a model for a successful business, and Matthew and Terces have proven they understand the importance of bringing respect, reverence, and love into the workplace. We’re thrilled they have chosen to graciously share their wisdom and experience with this book. There’s hope for us all.”
—Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie, environmental activists and cofounders of Voice Yourself

“The Engelharts have an intriguing and preposterous notion: Companies can now serve as centers of self-realization and CEOs can nurture a business community’s spiritual transformation as well as a healthy bottom line. This is cutting-edge stuff and I’m cheering them on.”
—Chip Conley, Founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality

“Café Gratitude is in the humankind business. The Engleharts’ commitment to a sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling business presence is hopeful in an era of cynicism and indifference. I have benefited from and am inspired by their valiant stand for making love the bottom line.”
—Michel Franti, musician and filmmaker

“Sacred Commerce: Business as a Path of Awakening blends quotations from famous religious and political figures (Rumi to St. Francis of Assisi to Gandhi) with the couple’s business philosophy and anecdotes from their experience to provide either an instruction manual or a manifesto—or both—for doing business that honors people’s lives.”
—Easier Being Green

“Reading [Sacred Commerce] has completely changed the way I look at business. Of course there is nothing wrong with paying the bills, but if we are not enjoying the process and offering something of value to the people who need it, what is the point of business?… Terces and Matthew Engelhart break down their thoughts on making commerce sacred, and it really struck home…”

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