A Life of Happiness

Courtesy Wisdom Dawns

Self-enquiry is needed, but can cause unnecessary confusion and restlessness if it is overdone. It should be done only when you take some time off. Don’t go on examining yourself too much. Thinking all the time can become an obsession.

Do your work. What you do is not important. You anything do anything to sustain your life. Do any work that pays well.

You must know that work,  seva (service) and your entertainment or hobby are all separate. Trying to combine them will be a challenge. When you have responsibilities in life, a family and children to take care of, choose a stable job that gives you enough money and time. Once that is done, don’t think about it again. But if you find something better, you can go for that.

Also, take some time off for social work. If you are spend your whole life in just earning your bread and butter, your life will be meaningless and will not give you any satisfaction.

There are people who need your help. Supporting a cause by keeping a box at home and putting a few coins and whatever you can in it will give you some satisfaction.

The stress and tension in society today calls for meditation. Take time off to meditate and uplift your spirit. You feel fully charged. Greater the responsibilities and ambitions, greater is the need for meditation. It relieves you of stress and strain, enhances your abilities, strengthens your nervous system and mind, releases toxins from the body and makes you more capable. We have to renew our energy time to time.

Meditation and Yoga increase your capacity, skills and qualities. After you retire, go totally into knowledge. Dedicate yourself to the cause of higher knowledge, wisdom or social causes. Do some good work in society. One day, you will be gone and you will not even know. Others will make arrangements to take the body away. They will hold a memorial saying, ‘May his/her soul rest in peace.’ But you are already at peace by then. Their wish comes much later. Once we leave the body, we are at peace. That is no fun. We should be useful to the people around us and be at peace while we are alive.

That is why we have called this life an art — by knowing how to handle our mind, the self, the family and the community. That is what wisdom is.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

12 reasons we need Love at Work

Cross posted from my other blog – Love and Leadership:

Because….

  • Otherwise narcissism, control, domination, unhealthy competition, selfishness, isolation, suspicion, and mistrust will dominate our work-life experience.

for other 11 reasons head out to my other blog

Two alternative life paths

We take one of the two paths in life as shown below:

  • Do what you don’t like, but should
  • Get experience doing this
  • Become great at doing what you dislike
  • Gain opportunity to do more
  • Live life empty of meaning.

or

  • Do what you love and find meaningful
  • Get experience doing what you love
  • Become extra good at you doing what you love
  • Gain more opportunity to do what you love
  • Live life full of purpose and meaning.

Doing someone else’ dharma well starts when you do what society says to do so, even though it is not something you like. Over time you get experience with it and get good at it. So you get opportunities to do more of this work. You get promoted. You become the boss, the partner or the top executive. Everyone honors you and wants you to do more of something that isn’t right for you. And you experience your life getting more and more meaningless and unsatisfying.

The path of doing your own dharma starts with doing what you love and what is meaningful to you. In time you gain both experience and skill. You get very good at it. And, because of that, you get more opportunity to do the kind of work that represents who you really are. Even though you might get the trappings of success – money, fame, promotion and awards – the work itself remains its own reward. Your life keeps getting more and more fulfilling. And your satisfaction gives blessings to your friends, family, community and the world.

– Michael Ray in The Highest Goal