Work Buddhism

sunset june 17When mediating at your chair on deck causes the stress the mediation is attempting to alleviate, then I suggest Work Buddhism.

  1. Right vision of the nature of reality. Unless you have managed to follow your bliss, life will continue to be ‘work’. Life was not meant to be painless. Accepting this fact gives you a better sense of controlling what you can control, and realizing that there are somethings you simply cannot control. So get one of those remote drones you can control.

 

  1. Right attitude. Use your emotional intelligence to understand that some retired folks may be jerks and may continue to be that way. Learn the work arounds. Life consists mainly of your attitude on how you deal with life’s continuing series of upsets. Do not use the remote drone to crash into the obnoxious neighbour. Just visualize it.

 

  1. Right speech. Speak truth to power. Understand there are other perspectives and respect them. Just don’t turn your back to them.

 

  1. Right Action. Be ethical in all your dealings. You can talk as much as you want, but your actions ultimately determine the type of person you have become. Don’t be the jerk noted in 2 above.

 

  1. Right livelihood. This follows the principal of non-exploitation. Treat everyone as you would like to be treated. Refer to item 4 for further elaboration.

 

  1. Right effort. A path of wholeness. A Conscious evolution. Even if you don’t understand how your retirement matters, it matters to someone. Even if it’s eventually just yourself. Be the best of what you do.

 

  1. Right mindfulness. Train yourself to fully aware of things, oneself, feelings and reality. Become fully aware of all the great things you are doing. It all matters. Be mindful of the jerks in 2, but don’t lease any more space in your mind to them.

 

  1. Right focus. Literally to be on a single object. If you think you are good at multitasking, go back to 1 and just accept you aren’t.

 

Being clear minded on all things allows the stressors to drop off. Work shall continue to be work like. If you allow yourself to still become the person you wanted to be, the Zen emerges.

 

[1] With great apologies to the eightfold path of traditional Buddhism.

Inspiration Sunrise

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Inspiration appears elusive.
Thrash and Elliot parse this even further in that inspiration requires evocation, something without intention, transcendence, rising above the mundane, and approach motivation, the desire to actualize this thought. Brain wise, firing neurons attempt to connect to other neurons, exploring adjacent connections. Random firings connect with one another. Hopefully eventually.
Approach motivation requires intrinsic drive. Extrinsic rewards, money, does not have the same effect. More money might attract a larger team of people capable of inspiration, but once you have them, even more money would not cause even greater inspirations occurring. Having a team of inspired people together can cause a cascade of even more inspiration. Negative nellies, can damper the inspirational spirit. 
Inspiration requires privacy, downtime, and abstract thinking. Possessing the ability for abstract thought allows the individual to breakdown a problem or opportunity into its component parts and identify the patterns or themes giving rise to the problem or opportunity.
Inspiration requires mind preparation.
Sundays can do that for you.

New Delhi

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In Langar Hall, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib at Connaught Place in New Delhi, we were able to witness the charitable work that is carried on.
Huge cauldrons are used to provide food for the thousands of people that come through the hall.
No tables or chairs. People sit on the floor. Hundreds more sit outside waiting their turn.
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Mushroom Heaven

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Managed to see more mushrooms near Lake Winnipeg than I have for a while. Shown above, I came across a nice family of Bolets. Fried up these are great with steaks. Without my in house medical and risk officer nearby, I demurred from eating any this weekend.

 

 

The others I came across appeared rather toxic, although lovely to look at. These fungi of course play an integral role with the ecosystem.

Chasing Inspiration

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Do you ever wonder where the inspiration for innovation comes from? It can be like chasing a 6 month old puppy in the park. It’s better for them to come to you. I suggest bacon treats in your pocket.

Dogs are great. Our office has a welcome dog policy. We have two golden retrievers, McGuire and Seamus. They constantly remind me how to facilitate inspiration.

Do you ever walk into the kitchen, and forget why you went in there?

McGuire and Seamus experience life like that. Every change is new and exciting all the time. It’s transcendence.

Coping skill, when you enter the kitchen, just keep moving, and you will pass by whatever it was that you were thinking about and the thought process will be rebooted.

 

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Items found in a toxic work culture. 

image-1Handy list of items found in a toxic work culture.

The organization ignores the healthy basics. Instead of healthy snacks, the vending machines are filled with sugar, salt, surgery salt, solidified fats and over-the-counter stay-awake medications

The company implies the need to be constantly on line. Perhaps they hand out those little rechargeable battery packs as bonus gifts so your phone can always be fully charged.

The company does not mandate any time off. Employee of the month photos show sallowed faces, and instead of listing how many days without injury, employers list the number of days a staff has gone without a vacation.

The company opposes flexible work arrangements since the attitude appears to that freedom is slavery.

The top management possess the complete works of Franz Kafka, George Orwell and that dystopian one by William Golding.

The company maintains a great benefit plan, but it only covers over the counter products such as Red Bull and Rolaids.

You look up the LOA policy and it only refers to lots of aggression.

If you have one or more of these items in your workplace, then perhaps consider changing the culture or finding a new one.

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