Brush painting of a circle, triangle, and square, illustrating Mindfulness and Meaning; the square symbolizes the body, the triancgle symbolizes emotions, the circle symbolizes the mind.

Are you a fan of these ideas?

right livelihood
simple living
meaningful work

Do you love them as much as I do?

Never or hardly ever heard of them,
but now you’re curious?

Want to know more?


Author, Consultant and Right Livelihood Guide Claude Whitmyer - Fall Foliage

I made this website for you if . . .

. . . you believe that . . .
. . . your past needn’t predict your future.

. . . you long to move beyond . . .
. . . what’s holding you back.

. . . you want to learn more about . . .
. . . options going forward.

You hope . . .

. . . to continually improve your life and work . . .
. . . now and into the future.

. . . you aspire to transform your life into . . .
. . . a meaningful gift to the world!

Is this you?

Then this website is my invitation to you.

Go ahead! Unlock the door. Step through.

Take your next steps.

Create your gift to the world!

It's a gift that ONLY YOU can create!

Your next step can be another step down the path to work that is more meaningful & a life that is more fulfilling.

CW's Books:

CW's Books: Mindfulness and Meaningful Work, In the Company of Others, Running a One-Person Business
  • Mindfulness and Meaningful Work
  • In the Company of Others
  • Running a One-Person Business

For more than 50 years I have been pursuing the twin goals of:

  1. Breaking Through to Getting What I Want

    • Through self-discovery

    • And overcoming inner obstacles.

  2. Building Support for Right Livelihood

    • By working with others

    • And learning how to give and receive support and encouragement.


CW helping a client.


I'm an employee, manager, or executive.

Briarpatch Network Meeting

I want a better job.

“I prefer to work for others, but I want to be respected and well paid. I’m ready to ‘Go Pro’ in my work and make a real difference.”

I'm a "creative", activist, or entrepreneur.

Client Jim Lewis, popularizer of “Astrocartography,” an astrology-based map of the best places for you to live and work

I want to do my own thing.

“I already have a business, creative project, or cause I’m working on. I want to take it to the next level.” or “I haven’t started yet, but now’s the time!”

I could be either.

Noren learning expedition visits Jake Warner at Nolo Press, Berkeley, CA

I need help figuring it out.

“I’m not sure whether I want to do my own thing, or work with a group of like-minded people” or “I think I want to go one way or the other, but I can’t commit.”

Ready to take action? Choose one of the buttons above!

Not quite sure about your next steps? 

  • Anxious? Confused? Don’t know what to do?
  • Take a break! Reflect on the seedthots below.
  • Then return to the description of your right livelihood choices above.
  • Choose one to get started.
  • Begin and Continue!

Seedthots about Mindfulness and Meaning in Work and In Life

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Virgina Satir

Problems are not the problem.
Coping is the problem.


Virginia Satir

Pioneering Family Therapist

Gary Snyder 1958

Find your place on the planet.
Dig in, and take responsibility from there.


stay together
learn the flowers
go light


Gary Snyder


Silouette of sitting meditator.

Joyful is the accumulation of good work.


Siddhartha Gotama


Gary Snyder

Nature is not a place to visit.
It is home.


Gary Snyder


Eihei Dogen

Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Present Moment awareness overlook the Present Moment in everyday actions; they have not yet discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of the Present Moment.


Eihei Dogen

Gary Snyder on pilgrimage

Having a place means that you know what a place means
. . . what it means in a storied sense of myth, character and presence but also in an ecological sense
. . . integrating native consciousness with mythic consciousness.


Gary Snyder


Walt Whitman

I am large . . . . I contain multitudes.


Walt Whitman


Gary Snyder

There are those who love to get dirty and fix things.
They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work.
And those who stay clean, just appreciate things.
At breakfast they have milk and juice at night.
There are those who do both,
they drink tea.


Gary Snyder

cultural elder

The highest good is like water.
For water benefits the ten thousand things
without striving.
It settles in places that people avoid
and so is like the Tao.

In choosing your home look to the land.
In preparing your heart go deep.
In associating with others value gentleness.
In speaking exhibit good faith.
In governing provide good order.
In the conduct of business be competent.
In action be timely.

When there is no strife, nothing goes amiss.

Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching, Ch. 8

Show up and be present.
Pay attention to what has heart and meaning.
Tell the truth without blame or judgment.
Be open to (but not attached to) outcome.

Angeles Arrien

The Four Fold Way

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