Posts Tagged ‘values’

Follow Your Bliss, Be Ready to Hiss

January 23, 2011

Choosing to live a kind, loving spiritual life does not require you to back down in the face of conflict or controversy. When the situation warrants it, your values must be backed up by your words and actions. Here’s a nice story that illustrates this point from Finding the Joy Within You, a collection of talks given by Sri Daya Mata, the longtime president of Self-Realization Fellowship.

There are times, of course, when we should speak up firmly, when it would be wrong not to take a stand. But there should be no feeling of enmity. Guruji used to tell a story that illustrates this:

In a village, there once lived a cobra whose bite had taken the lives of many of the people. The leader of the community went to a wise man and said, “We can’t go on like this. The snake is killing off all the villagers. Won’t you please do something about it?”

The wise man agreed to help. He went to the cobra and said, “Look (more…)

Life Is Eager to Prove Your Limits False

October 21, 2010

Do not settle for a job that requires you to check your spirit at the door; your right livelihood calls for you to bring your whole self to the workplace. What does that look like? You speak and act authentically, and value your values more than your paycheck.

When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.
Betty Bender

If you are miserable in your current position, recognize that every job you ever had has (more…)

The Only Real Mistake

September 17, 2010

Embrace absolute integrity and you will find that guilt and regret are inevitably replaced by peace and serenity as naturally as winter gives way to spring.

Just as surely as distress must follow self-deceit, healing must follow self-honesty.
Vernon Howard

On those occasions when you do fall short of your expectations, you (more…)

Good Feels Good

August 8, 2010

Confidence in your rectitude is only wishful thinking until you have tempered your integrity in the fires of experience. Only when you are able to slay the dragons of your cravings and self-importance with the sword of divinely harmonious thoughts and actions can you reach the summit of true integrity.

Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
Edith Wharton

The values and principles you were taught are only (more…)

Spirit at Work

October 14, 2008

workplace-spirituality-mastheadBack in 1997, when “spirituality” was pretty much a taboo word in the workplace, I wrote this article for a Twin Cities business magazine.  An article like this may have been groundbreaking at the time but it’s nice to know that it would be fairly commonplace today. In fact, some of what I wrote fifteen years ago almost seems a bit quaint after all the progress that’s been made!


‘Spirit’ is a loaded word. Mix it into the dynamics of the workplace and all kinds of red flags spring up. Many businesspeople are immediately drawn to the concept, yet remain deeply suspicious of it.

Perhaps the best way to reconcile these conflicting emotions is simply to define what “spirit at work” really is. Enter Ellen Hufschmidt.

“It means having the courage to bring your whole self to the workplace, to act in accordance with your values and to act with integrity,” says Hufschmidt, an organizational development consultant in Minneapolis. “It means addressing any discrepancy between your values and the demands of work. That’s where it becomes truly difficult, being challenged in those moments of discrepancy. But that’s where spirit at work is. It’s in those moments.” (more…)