Present moment appreciation of your inner states and the world around you.
Mindfulness also means:
- Creating new categories
- Welcoming new information
- Tolerating more than one view
Mindfulness also means:
- Letting go of the demand for categories
- Disassociating from the craving for information
- Detaching from the need for a point of view
Mindfulness helps you gain better access to:
In that context, mindfulness helps you:
- Clarify your values
- Strengthen and direct your will
- Make better choices
Intent, Flow, and Skillful Means
Although mindfulness sometimes occurs by chance,
we can also make it an active practice,
a kind of observing, watching, noticing,
in which we:
- Set the intent to see the present moment.
- Encourage deep relaxation and “flow.”
- Cultivate skillful means to wake up.
Using Mindfulness to Find Meaningful Work
Finding and maintaining meaningful work requires regular, consistent action, but the steps are clear and the results immediate.
Finding your own meaningful work requires primarily that you get in touch with your beginner’s mind.
In beginner's mind you "hold the question."
In beginner's mind you "only don't know."
"In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Mindfulness practice is perhaps the best way to nurture beginner’s mind.
Practicing to be mindful challenges you to recognize things as they are and to change your life through actions that:
- Increase well being
- Reduce suffering
- Do no harm.
In that context, beginner’s mind is:
- Without goals or an agenda.
Several other behaviors and conditions are key to finding work that is meaningful. These include:
- Honesty and Openness
- Friendship and Compassion
- Ethics and Morality
- Philanthropy and Gift-giving
- Financial security and Freedom from debt
- Mastering an art, trade, craft or profession
The gift of here-and-now awareness, presented by mindfulness practice, magnifies your ability to practice these behaviors and create these conditions. It also helps you to see the consequences, short-term and long, of not practicing them.
you can clearly see
how to include and strengthen these
conditions and behaviors
in your every-day life
— from moment to moment.
You can practice mindfulness
- any time
- under any circumstances
What's your next step?
you can follow your
path to meaningful work.
- Begin with mindfulness.
- Continue with mindfulness.
- Aspire to a regular practice.
Through this practice, you will begin to recognize and appreciate . . .
. . . your inner state
. . . the influences of the outer world
- Environmental factors
- Other people’s attitudes
- The forces of culture and clan
. . . not later but in the moment, while you are experiencing them.
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