Diminishing Our Career and Work

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”              ~Joseph Campbell

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I often hear people diminishing what they do for a career. “Oh, I am just a boring accountant,” or “I hate my job and I will do something meaningful when I retire.” This speaks to a splitting within the psyche and a diminishment of who we are. No job is meaningless, worthless or of less value than any other job. The issue is really, are we awake and aware, doing our practice and healing the inner splits within ourselves. Are we using our job as a catalyst to expanding our awareness and our capacity to love, under circumstances we might not prefer, but which is our current situation. The job is not what gives life meaning, it is you that gives the job meaning.  The trick is to see the opportunity in the mundane, to see the lovable in those that present as unlovable, to work towards functionality within dysfunction, to see the purity in filth, to see the sacred in the profane. See everything at your place of work as a mirror of something within. To discover how you split the world and create fragmentation, and instead find out how to reconcile all you find within, by bringing it all into loving acceptance. Make a commitment to yourself to do your job to the very best of your ability, but more importantly to treat each person with respect and kindness and follow the rules of decency. If this is hard, then there is an inner reason that needs your attention and your love. At the end of the day, be sure that you take stock and know that you contributed to your own inner growth. Make work your spiritual practice, whatever your job is. If you diminish your job in conversation to others, look at your inner judgments and where they come from and decide to not do this again. Develop within yourself the capacity, that even if you street sweeps for a living, you are doing it with mindfulness, and in loving relationship to the dirt, the broom, the work and those you encounter. At the end of the day may your rest in quiet confidence that you are living life to the fullest.

Blessing of your work by John O’Donohue

May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work
You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those
Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden you.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,
Possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.

“Love is an unimpeded clarity of awareness.” ~Charisse Lyons