Recognizing the True Purpose of Work
Our day-to-day activities or work can be the means of self-discovery. We are constantly seeking and searching for our self within. Work is not just work. It is a tool for reaching higher planes of conscious awareness.
The purpose of work is to scale new heights of insight and wisdom while engaging in the mundane, routine materialistic dimensions of life. We need to become conscious of the purpose of our work and ambitions, so that they match the aspirations of our spirit.
Treat the workplace as a working environment for the spirit since we spend so much time there interacting with others’ thoughts and actions. These energies create patterns in our own thoughts and emotions, for good or ill. We need to become more conscious of our own thinking, our own emotions, our own actions and reactions. If we always move toward the highest possible ground, there will be a quantum, qualitative change in our own thoughts and actions. We come to see that our workplace is providing us with the opportunity to elevate our entire life. The more positively anchored we are, the more creativity and productivity we will be able to generate around us.
Conscious management or self-management demands our awakened self to lead our way from within. We are each born with our individual responsibilities. The more we become mindful, the more awakened we are; we come to discover an ease and grace in our work that is beyond our capacity to imagine. We can avoid a lot of stress by proper planning of the day’s task and doing one thing at a time, doing it mindfully so that every action becomes a step towards self-realization.
How do we better manage our own internal environment and ourselves? Try these tools and see the difference.
Daily Morning Practice
First, pause for half an hour before rushing off to work. This is the essence of good time management. By taking this extra half hour to do 20 minutes of deep breathing and meditation and 10 minutes to organize and plan the workday, instead of rushing, we achieve a certain calmness. With that calmness comes clarity. We remember what our tasks are and what needs to be done. We will be able to perform mindfully, without as much stress.
Doubt will flee and the agitation at play in our mind will disappear. This planning and organization will make things much easier. And the easier things become, the calmer we become. The calmer we become, the more we will achieve.
Breathing and Meditation for Self-Management
Regardless of how much you pre-plan your day, though, the unexpected always happens. Whenever you feel unbalanced, stressed or agitated, take the first free moment possible to center and balance yourself. Just sit with your back straight. The tip of nose and your navel should be aligned. Suggest relaxation to your body from the top of your head, every muscle in your face, neck, shoulders, hands, chest, abdomen, thighs, knees, calves, ankles, toes and the soles of your feet. Let your body receive your full, loving, attention, however briefly. Just drop everything else from your mind.
With your body relaxed, bring your mind to your nostrils. Take a few slow, deep breaths, consciously making them longer and deeper. Allow the abdomen to inflate as you breathe in and to deflate as you breathe out. With every breath, be aware that you are filling your body with infinite, cosmic energy, with the harmonies of the universal intelligence.
As you focus on your breath, begin to breathe normally. Bring your mind to the rim of your nostrils and watch the air coming in and leaving. Let your focus be very deep. Have your mind surf the breath. And make it dissolve into the breath. Experience deepening calmness and soothing relief as you become one with the breath.
Release any resentment about your work or daily activities and any negativity at play there. Feel things are happening, as they have to happen. You are just watching, an observer, a witness. Withdraw from any judgments to cleanse your inner mind. Confirm and re-affirm that all is well.