Do Your Work from an Inner Spark of Joy.
Today, your work, your tasks, are not your top priority.
Your State is your Top Priority.
How are you being, as you go about doing your tasks and your work?
Are you harried, anxious, and “just want to get it done”?
The quality of your work tends to match the quality of your being.
And, given that none of us have any guarantees of the results of our work — we can only control whether we do the work, and how we do it —why not do your work from joy… instead of anxiety, frustration, or boredom?
Why do we allow the quality of our life to be infused with negative feelings?
Your state is your top priority, because the only thing you can truly control is your inner life.
The quality of your life arises from the quality of your being.
The quality of your being arises from the quality of your daily practice.
Today, practice tapping into the spark of joy within you, and from there, do your work.
If you want some level of material comfort, you cannot escape from work.
Since your work must be done, the only thing left in your control is how you do the work.
You are working towards a better future, for your life, for your family, for the world, doing your best to make that happen. Yet, you have no guarantee your work today will actually contribute to that.
What you can dramatically control is how you feel as you do your work.
You are always practicing how you do your work. Most of us are never taught how to practice well. We’re only taught to “work hard” which we imagine to be something like having a scowl on our face, tense shoulders, short shallow breaths, and inner suffering.
In other words, “Hustle!”
And that is what we have been practicing for years.
No wonder so many of us yearn for easy money, easy work, easy life, even though we know that to be a shallow illusion that doesn’t add value to the world or to our own growth.
We need to do real work, deep work, to really contribute to our world and our own lives. There are real problems, deep problems that are calling out to us for our contribution.
And yet, we are afraid because we have been practicing “working hard” (a.k.a. inner suffering) all our lives, and we recoil from it. We want to avoid it.
The more we practice something, the more natural it becomes.
Currently, it may be more natural for you to work within anxiety, stress, frustration, or boredom. (Or perhaps certain tasks feel that way to you.)
But you can practice a different way.
Throughout the day, in any moment of negativity — any moment where you don’t feel joy, peace, or love — you have temporarily forgotten The Spark.
There is a Spark within you that can never be extinguished. It goes by various names: Consciousness, Higher Self, Soul, Spirit, Your True Nature, Peace, Joy, Love, The Force, God.
The Spark is always, patiently, waiting for you to reconnect.
When you tap the Spark, you feel a deep joy, peace, love. When you practice tapping into the Spark on a regular basis, those good feelings start to pervade your life… and your work.
No matter what is happening in your life, in your work, around you in the moment, the Spark is always with you, ready to be kindled into a warm fire.
Yet, it doesn’t come without practice. Tapping into the Spark is a skill you can learn and with practice, it becomes natural.
One of the core practices for me is the Energy Reboot. I do this multiple times daily, as often as I remember to.
Other practices you may find useful include mindfulness meditation, prayer, spiritual music, dance, or really any activity that allows you to feel the joy, peace, and love of the Spark.
When you are in an energetic connection with your Spark, you feel a deep sense of well-being.
I encourage you to first get into that state of deep well-being, and then from there, do your work. You will enjoy your work. Others will more likely enjoy your work. At least, they will appreciate your way of doing it and it will remind them of their Spark.
You will be adding real value, truly bettering the world.
Instead of trying to manipulate the world to your vision before you can be happy, first get to the place of being deeply happy, and then do the work that might contribute to a better external life for you, and a better world.
Regardless of the outer results, if you practice the Spark, you will always have a rich and joyful inner life.
The real challenge for staying connected to your Spark is when responding to a difficult situation or person.
Maybe you’ve practiced years of just responding from your ego, from “what you want” the world and others to be like… to have things your way.
Remember: What we practice becomes natural.
So, practice taking a breath and momentarily tapping into your Spark, before responding to the situation or person.
Life is an endless struggle if we are always trying to manipulate the world and others to match our vision, to make happen what we think should happen, before we can be satisfied, happy.
When we are able to always tap into the Spark of Joy that is always within us, awaiting our reconnection, then Life becomes bliss.
It becomes natural only when we practice.
Today, you are either practicing ego/negativity, or you are practicing tapping into your Spark as often as possible. You always have a choice.
I wish you a life and work that arises from a deep sense of well-being.
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