Most people spend a significant percentage of their lives engaged in some form of employment or vocation. To varying degrees, and for better and worse, our work in the world is something that we “have” to do, and it defines us and shapes our lives. Whether we are in leadership positions, work “for” others, or are self-employed, our work is a central commitment which influences how we respond to all of life. Sometimes, if we are really fortunate, we love our work. Yet, still, many of us are accustomed to checking our values and vulnerabilities at the workplace door. We relegate our efforts to live in alignment with our deepest values and commitments to the few hours and relationships when we are not working. This can leave gratefulness lacking for most of the waking hours of our lives.
Grateful Living practices offer ways to connect our deep values with our work, and with those with whom we work. We can actively advance and nourish our own commitments through exploring how gratefulness establishes its relevance through the portal of our employment. How can we lead in new ways? How can we respond with equanimity fueled by gratitude? How can we model that which we most deeply believe in? How can our work lives fill us up to the brim with what we need from life and offer us a meaningful terrain for our personal and professional actualization? Grateful living wants to be an answer…
Imagine a restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads $0.00 with only this footnote: “Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those who dine after you.” That’s Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity.
(June, 2015) Every year, local communities on either side of the Apurimac River Canyon use traditional Inka engineering techniques to rebuild the Q’eswachaka Bridge. The entire bridge is built in only three days. The bridge has been rebuilt in this same location continually since the time of the Inka.
(July, 2015) After a successful career in the corporate world, Shane left it behind to pursue a more meaningful life with his family. Trained in the best leadership workshops, hear what this unusual school bus driver has to say about the children he drives to school.
(On Being, July 2015) She works at an emerging 21st century intersection of industry, social healing, and diverse contemplative practices. Raised Catholic with Joan of Arc as her hero, Mirabai Bush is one of the people who brought Buddhism to the West from India in the 1970s. She is called in to work with educators and judges, social activists and soldiers. She helped create Google’s popular employee program, Search Inside Yourself. Mirabai Bush’s life tells a fascinating narrative of our time: the rediscovery of contemplative practices, in many forms and from many traditions, in the secular thick of modern culture.
(2012) We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
Drawing from deep ecology, systems theory and spiritual traditions, the Work That Reconnects (WTR) builds motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture. First emerging in 1978, this pioneering, open-source body of work has its roots in the teachings and experiential methods of Joanna Macy.
How can we live our most deeply-felt values through our work life? What would a “grateful” economy look like? The books in this list offer ways to reimagine and recreate businesses which support our vision of a more just, sustainable and enlightened world.
(2010) In Katie Teague’s documentary, Br. David says that trust and lack of faith are at the core of the economic crisis.
A story of an inner journey – sparked by an accident on a river trip – that uncovers the depths of awareness and compassion.
This council is dedicated to highlighting the power of love and forgiveness in the business world, demonstrating positive change through sustainable practices, investments in employees and community, and a broad view of profitability and success.
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If you are feeling overwhelmed – by your job, by your family obligations, by caring intensely about suffering in the world, etc. – you may find nuggets of encouragement in the collective wisdom here.
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