Absence and Return

For several years, I have been loosely involved with an online Buddhist community. About a year ago, I began to get more active and made some commitments to the group. I was going to meditate more. I would be more mindful in my eating. One night each week, I would…

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Be Ordinary

In his poem “Born Yesterday”, Phillip Larkin looks at a new born baby and wishes, not that she is beautiful or smart or talented, but that she is ordinary. There is great value in our just being. There is something essential about remaining attentive to those around us, whatever the…

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Presence and Immediacy

It all started with an encounter. After a morning of ‘religious enthusiasm’, Martin Buber was visited by a young man. Buber was friendly and attentive, but says he was not there fully in spirit. Later, the philosopher and theologian discovered that the young man had been wrestling with something. He…

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Overcoming Workplace Stress

Are you ever stressed at work? Regardless of whether you see your work as a calling, a career or a job, you probably do experience stress from time-to-time.  It could be due to unreasonable demands or expectations: the client’s, your boss’s or your own.  It might be a lack resources…

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Astonishment

Abraham Joshua Heschel said that our goal should be to live lives in radical amazement. ….to get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. What everyday things still give you a feeling of beautiful astonishment?

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Work as a Calling (Part 2)

Last week I wrote about three different approaches to work: Work as a job, a career, or a calling.  The benefits of seeing work as a calling, to the individual and the organization, can be profound. In that article I pointed out that one way to shift to work to…

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Work as a Calling (Part 1)

How do you describe your work? Is it just a means to pay the bills?  Something that fills the day that you can’t wait to end?   Or is it something you basically enjoy, but don’t expect to be doing in five years? You have bigger plans and other goals.    Or do you consider your work…

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Holiday Presence

It is the holiday season.  A time for celebration and old friends, mistletoe and the oh, so patient stockings. Gather all your hopes and expectations and sit beside the fire.  Hang your glittering memories like tinsel from the tree.  Tis the season of anticipation, excitement and joy. But often, there…

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Keys to Engagement at Work

In its studies with over 30 million employees, in big and small organizations across industries, Gallup identified four things that contribute to whether employees are engaged: Basic Tools. Do I know what is expected of me? Do I have what I need to do my job? Feeling that they are…

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