To synthesize it, I turned it into a formula that looks
something like this:
Patience + Kindness + Truth + Protection + Trust –
Boasting (EGO) – Pride –
Rudeness – Evil = LOVE
So when I practice patience, speak and write from
inner truth, or express thoughts with kindness, then
I am manifesting love. I also bring love to work
through the word choices and the energy that comes
into my writing as well as through the conscious
and gentle interactions I have with people at
workshops. It means making sure that I have good,
uplifting thoughts when I write because, as in a
face-to-face conversation, people don’t only pick up
on the words. They sense the loving energy behind
them—or they sense the energy of anxiety, fear,
anger, or vengefulness, if those elements are present.
This is my dharma.
Work as Service
It’s not necessary to set off and work on a
humanitarian project to make a difference in the
world and find purpose. Each of us can make a
difference from wherever we are right now through
our work. You don’t have to be a business owner or
write books. Whether you’re a call-center operator,
a cashier, a banker, or a farmer, every conscious
thought and action involving work can and does
make a difference. A single cashier may see hundreds
of people every day, sending them thoughts of loving
kindness. A kind word or a smile has the power to
shift the rest of the day for a customer who may be
suffering. The good energy shared is passed on and
ripples out to the rest of the world.
The power of dharma or doing the right thing
is that it depends on you, on your conscience,
and on your decision to act. There’s no one-size-fits-all, and no one else can tell you what to do. It
has to well up from a deep inner place. It requires
taking the time to listen as well as making a
commitment to pay attention to the nudging of
conscience. It may not be easy, but it will bring
you a deep sense of purpose and peace, turning
daily life into a joy-filled mission.
An 8-Point Action Plan to
Bring Values to Work:
- Consciously name and define two or three
values that are important to you.
- Reflect on and journal about them. If
there’s a challenging situation at work,
write about it.
- Meditate and clear your mind.
- Sleep on it. Often dreams provide good
guidance about what course of action
- Decide on your dharma or best course of
action—the action that aligns most with
your inner spiritual life.
- Trust and have confidence in your
- Take the time necessary to contemplate.
- Act on your inner guidance in right timing.
An Inspired Guiding
Motto to Light the Way
Guiding mottos that sum up ideals
and aspirations can act as great
guides for direction and decision-
making. Inspired by the Hard Rock
Café’s “Love all, serve all,” reflect
on and write out one or two lines
to guide and inspire your work
life. Keep your motto in a place
where you will see it regularly. You
may be inspired to add a personal
symbol or logo to accompany it.