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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Embrace Right Livelihood

I've heard it said that the happiest people are those who find value in their work.

So what about the one whose work happily creates value for others, and especially whose work doesn't harm others?

The Buddha called it "Right Livelihood, " and considered it one point in the Noble Eightfold Path to Enlightenment.

So what does it mean, exactly?

Definitions vary. Perhaps the best thing would be, first, to define one's "core values." Then see if one's work enhances these, or denies them.

For example, these days I'm starting a four-point practice, focusing on certain values at each time of day: Morning, Mindfulness; Midday, Compassion; Evening, Gratitude; and Bedtime, Peace.

Mindfulness, Compassion, Gratitude, Peace. To the extent that my work promotes these values, in myself and in the world, I can say that that work is "Right Livelihood" for me. To the extent that it inhibits these, it's "wrong."

As a school teacher in South China, I can pretty much say "mission accomplished."

Can you? Hold your job up to the mirror of your values and see how it looks. If it looks good, good. If not, consider how you might make adjustments.

Align your work with your values, and embrace Right Livelihood.

You'll be happier.

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