This interview came about because of my consulting practice with individuals who are seeking meaningful work (aka right livelihood) and because I am the author of an anthology called Mindfulness and Meaningful Work (Available from Amazon). This consulting practice uses a model I developed over many years in sessions with about 500 individuals so far.
I do these individual consulting sessions alongside my other careers — as a consultant to small and micro business (including web business consulting) and, through FutureU, as a consultant/trainer in the effective application of technology to meetings, virtual teams and teaching. Even as these other businesses have grown, I have continued to work with individuals who are seeking work that lets them do what they love and still pay the bills.
I call the meaningful work consulting model “Good Work Guidance.” It seems to make a difference in my clients' lives and I love doing it. You can read more about it at www.meaningfulwork.com. These clients are mostly mid-life men and women who are either looking to change careers or hoping to find more satisfaction from their existing work. Some people come to me a few times while they are in transition. One man has had a session every six months for ten years while he has built a successful career as a writer/performer. I always used to meet in person with these clients but as the technology has gotten better, I find more and more of my clients work with me online using video, audio, and web conferencing.
I’m pleased with the magazine interview and I thought you’d like to know about it. Here's an excerpt:
Integral Yoga Magazine (IYM): What led you to write about mindfulness and meaningful work?
IYM: What did you discover about trying to do that?
IYM: How does one do that?
CW: It starts with mindfulness, it continues with mindfulness and ends with mindfulness. Mindfulness allows us to live in the present moment. It keeps our sense of what our personal purpose is in front of us and it rejuvenates us. It’s the context in which a better life takes place. Without mindfulness there can be no right livelihood because of all the complexities of the world today. You can rely on mindfulness always being there for you and, if you stay mindful, you will most likely make good choices. In most of the world religions, they state explicitly the teaching that you can’t do anything about saving the world until you stabilize your own financial situation. If you have to constantly worry about how to bring enough money in to pay for food and rent, then you don’t really have the psychic energy and spiritual freedom to make it. You are operating from survival. So stabilizing your economic condition is the first step to take as you embrace mindfulness as a part of your life. Next you have to see the consequences of what you are doing. . .