Choosing a profession, we are not only guidedFinancial interests, but we strive for the affairs, the fulfillment of which should bring satisfaction. The work affects not only the level of material prosperity, but also the circle of communication, our needs, life style and even relationships with family and friends. Many are so serious about the development of their career that they identify themselves with their daily job duties.
The paradox is that a huge number of people,Recognizing the importance of the work as such, are more or less dissatisfied with what they are doing. Suddenly discovering that the work does not fully meet expectations, not to mention dreams, from the category of pleasure, we transfer it to the category of necessity, which in itself is stress.
Those who have embarked on the path of yoga haveMore difficult: they seek to apply in their lives the discoveries made during practice. They face rather complicated questions: how to earn enough money and actively join the work without sacrificing peace of mind, health and not neglecting spiritual values? How to use your talent for the benefit of all mankind, without causing damage to the environment and without harming other people? How to become successful and not fall into the swift swirl of greed and snobbery? Among such issues, one of the most urgent is how to learn how to earn a living honestly and worthily?
In the Buddhist tradition, the correct wayTo earn a living, or honest labor, is one aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path. The other seven are right speech, right action, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration, right eyes and right intention.
In the context of modern realities, the notion of honestLabor has acquired a wider meaning and defines any meaningful, satisfying work that has a spiritual purpose. For some, this is an activity aimed at implementing social change or protecting the environment. For others - creative work, the embodiment of dreams and the realization of talent. For many of us, honest work is the fulfillment for the benefit of all living beings of the work that we have at the moment.
Do no harm
32-year-old Anna, sales manager of one of thePharmacological companies, faced the problem of honest labor, when her career drastically increased - in the short term she was promised the post of vice-president. Anna adored her work. However, improving practice, she began to pay more attention to the spiritual side of life and gradually came to the idea that both work and environment are hampering its development rather than promote further growth. Acquainted with non-traditional methods of treatment, Anna thought about the real impact of those drugs that she sells. Particularly worried about her problem of aggressive marketing, when people, without constraint, imposed drugs that they did not need. And before Anna the question arose: what should be done? To leave work and look for a completely new field of activity? Or stay and form a new attitude to the old work?
Many people face this dilemma. How each person solves this problem depends on life circumstances and on the closest understanding of the nature of honest work. Spiritual activity, filled with meaning, is interpreted in different ways. According to the teachings of the Buddha, one should not do harm to deeds and deeds, but, on the contrary, if possible, to do good. The Christian tradition teaches us to find our vocation and, with God's help, do what the soul has to do. And finally, any work can become a sacred act, one must only perform it with devotion, conscious intent and constant presence in what we do.
Realizing that she did not work for the pharmaceutical company anymoreCan, just as she can not abandon the material advantages that this work gave her, Anna decided to get a job in a construction company. Finally, she was able to calm her conscience and begin to work for the good of people. At the same time, she had more time to practice yoga.
The main principle of honest work is simple enough: Do not cause harm. We are engaged in honest work when we do not exploit people, do not damage the environment, we do not feed people with hatred, greed and illusions.
But, as they say, it's easier said than done. Patrick Clark and Lincy Deyo on their own experience realized that in fact, not everything is so simple. Longtime admirers of the Buddhist tradition, they seemed to have found the ideal way to earn a living honestly by establishing a firm for the production and sale of zafu, pillows for meditation. However, their ideals, together with a principled rejection of competition, have become obstacles in carrying out certain business operations. Realizing that the survival of their common cause depends on new customers, they, however, refused to compete with other companies that also pursued good goals. At the same time, there was a problem related to environmental pollution. Cotton is a capricious culture. It requires a huge amount of water, and when it is grown, pesticides and herbicides are used. And even practicing meditation did not want to overpay for zafu from organic raw materials. The couple had to change their attitude to work and live in accordance with economic realities. To think that we can do exceptionally good is to indulge in illusions. After all, even Buddhists need somehow to satisfy their basic life needs. The problem is that, no matter what kind of activity we do, we inevitably have to sacrifice our spiritual values. This happens, for example, when we are forced to use irreplaceable natural resources or in the interests of the matter to withhold the truth. The only thing that remains for us is to do everything in our power.
Find a vocation
Many of us dream of finding a job thatWould respond to the most passionate aspirations and let live a full life, in other words - that very creative profession "for the soul" that would give our life a new meaning and meaning. And, of course, such activities must conform to the Buddhist injunction not to cause harm. However, it's not easy to change life abruptly. Radical steps always require a certain boldness - which, incidentally, we often get through the practice of yoga. Here it is appropriate to recall the saying of Marsha Sinetar: "Do what you love - money will be applied."
"Each of us is unique and has inherentOnly to him with talents that he can share. The search for the right occupation is inextricably linked with the inner voice. We must heed the spiritual call and give vent to their aspirations, "says Michael Toms, author of True Work and founder of the non-profit organization New Dimensions Broadcasting Network, which makes a weekly broadcast about social and personal transformation. According to him, if you can not realize your talents at work, you can try to do it somewhere else. Sometimes such activities start to bring profit, sometimes not. Often it requires investments, as it was with Toms with New Dimensions for many years. "Acting in accordance with deep aspirations, we naturally share our unique talents for the benefit of everyone else, we respond to the needs of the whole world - the whole of which we are a part," Toms believes.
However, not everything is so straightforward. How can we know for sure whether we will bring good to the rest of the world if we follow our inner call? Do we not need other regulations, such as yogic pit (restrictions) and niyama (recommended rules), ethical teachings of Buddhism or the Ten Commandments?
The call "do what you love - money will be applied" is notProtects from ignorance. Often we do not suspect where the products of our activity are used. We can be awakened, highly conscious people, but this does not protect us from the vicious system, of which we, alas, are hostages.
What we have is not stored
In modern Western society, to be consideredHeld by a person, a person is literally obliged to engage in life with what the soul lies to. On the other hand, our ability to manage a career is severely limited and depends on the material and social situation, resources, energy, health, family in the end. And yet we are constantly told that we are the masters of our destiny. Therefore, if we fail to lead a way of life that meets our boldest expectations, we are doomed to experience a constant sense of guilt, despair and dissatisfaction.
In contrast to the Western model, the IndianThe cultural tradition is based on the ancient teachings of Buddhism and yoga, according to which every person should devote his life to a certain type of activity. In other words, follow your dharma. In this connection, the work does not set us the task of increasing the potential or satisfying some personal ambitions. Here, a person must earn a living by doing the work that has already been given to him, consciously and wholeheartedly devote himself to her in the name of the Lord and the world's good.
Buddha taught that the secret of happiness lies in the fact,To love what you already have, and not to strive for what you do not have. Understanding dharma with this teaching can help us find peace and feel satisfaction, no matter what is happening now with our professional lives.
The traditional approach to the problem of honest workIs most loftily described in the Bhagavad-gita, the basic Hindu text: the true yogi is one who performs his duty without tied to results, and not one who refrains from acting.
Of course, modern life is much more frequentChallenges us and puts before a choice, than it was in Ancient India. For this reason, in search of a decent way to make a living, we have to take into account many more factors. However, mindful of the words of the ancient text, we will be able to protect ourselves from errors.
Following the path of selfless action, we canTurn into spiritual practice any activity. In conclusion, I would say that sometimes not the nature of the work and the consequences of our actions - although these factors are certainly important - make our work "honest", but also how we put our heart and mind into it. When we joyfully dissolve in our work, staying in the present, we strive to serve, but do not become attached to the result, the division between inner and outer, by oneself and others, work and play disappears and even the most monotonous work turns into a sacred act.