Yoga Journal provided one of their issues for free on the internet, in support of Earth Day. I had a quick read-through, and this one article on “Yoga at Work” really hit home for me, as a reiteration of something I heard at the “Heart of Practise/Heart in Practise” workshop with Donal Creedon over the Easter weekend. Donal spoke of meditation as Right Action in itself, and that we should do what we know is good and let go of the results.
In the Yoga Journal article, they lay out five principles from the Bagavad Ghita:
1). DO WORK THAT SUITS YOUR NATURE
2). PRACTICE SKILL IN ACTION
This boils down to bringing mindful awareness into all our activities. The activity itself is not so important, rather it is how we approach it.
3). SURRENDER THE OUTCOME
I can control what I do, not how other people react to it.
“… it doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t get bummed when things go wrong… Of course you get bummed; you’re not a robot. But when you remember that your contract with life doesn’t specify that you’ll always get what you want, you’ll find that even in the midst of mourning a lost or trying to repair the damage from a mistake, you won’t feel like a victim.”
4). DO YOUR WORK AS SERVICE
Generate relative bodhichitta while performing tasks. May this benefit all sentient beings!
“She serves by doing the work with as much presence and integrity as possible.”
But: remember to “consider yourself in the equation.” There’s no point in doing something if you are not being kind to yourself too.
5). MAKE YOUR WORK AN OFFERING
“… essentially … bringing an attitude of devotion to your actions.” I read this as almost the same as #4: May this benefit all sentient beings!