December 8, 2017
In the ancient Vedic writings of India, there are named three Yogic paths to self-discovery (to God). They are devotion, knowledge and action. We rarely think of action as being part of the spiritual path, but the great interpreter of Hindu writings, Father Bede, said the world of work is holy ground. Many of the most revered spiritual teachers were very busy people. They held jobs, travelled, wrote books and taught at large public gatherings. But it isn’t the nature of the work that makes it holy ground, it is in how the work is done.
For example, at a new restaurant in town, I was struck by the attention to detail, the quiet caring, the ease with which our waiter served us. I was moved to tell him how impressed I was. This is a rare thing where I live, most of the servers are nice young people but they are simply doing a job to pay their tuition or personal bills. This young man saw his job as an art form. He might not know it, but how he does his daily work is an expression of his true self.
The deep desire to serve and express respect and caring is part of our make-up. It arises from the depth of our unconscious, the soul, if you will. Authentic expression of any kind wants action. It, like love, needs an object, a place to land. The world of action, or work, is the perfect arena for Westerners to feel the presence of a higher self. The key is not so much service as the lead motivator, as is often stressed, but the joy of being. Bringing a happy self into the workplace is a most elevated action. Every day is another opportunity to allow the promptings of the soul to come out and to make play of work.
Try this: “I love being me wherever I am. I give my best just because I can.”