Does your job cause benefit to others? Is it beneficial? Does it improve people’s lives?
This week I am focusing on the concept of “right livelihood”.
It is an area that I am having difficulty with. I don’t harm anybody as a result of my employment, however am I benefiting anyone?
I was listening though to an interesting talk though by Gil Fronsdal, and he explored the concept that it isn’t just what we do, but HOW we do it.
We can carry out our work in such a way that our attitude and behaviour enriches the lives of those around us – our co-workers, and those we come into contact with as a result of our work.
We can work with positivity, kindness and joy. And with gentle calmness and a sense of personal ethics. Our work can be full of dignity and compassion. And we can move the people around us with a sense of contentment and piece.
Our job may not itself be beneficial, but the way that we do it enriches people’s lives.
He also asked the question, “How does my livelihood support my practice?”
I would like to pose this question as well:
“How does my practice support my livelihood?”
I – like many others – don’t have the luxury of throwing in my jobs to go on a quest for the perfect job that fits the definition of “right livelihood”. And nor would I want to anyway. I enjoy and value my jobs. I design and build websites, I am a personal assistant, and I also teach (and write about) personal development.
My goal this week is to use my practice to support my livelihood. To benefit others not through what I am doing, but how I am doing it.
To bring mindfulness and kindness to my work life as well as my personal life.
I am interested to hear your experiences.
Are you satisfied with your job? Do you feel it contributes to society? Have you thrown it in to pursue something more altruistic?