We are individuals at war with ourselves.
We allow others to make demands of us – our time, our energy, our lives – that we don’t always know we can fulfill. Yet we try and try, making ourselves unhappy and unhealthy, exhausting us until we can no longer function properly. We suffer breakdowns, illnesses both mental and physical, lose relationships, and create an inner environment of dis-ease. We suffer hypertension, eat poorly, and don’t get enough physical activity.
Our lives are full of demands. In our society, we place a very high value on our careers and jobs, which can create schedules of which we are no longer in control. So not only do our families and friends become neglected, but we tend to put our own best interests and health on a back burner, often at a very high price. Our spirits – that energy that provides us life – and our spiritual health often get left off the list completely. The health of our spirit is probably the most important part of being human, yet we tend to ignore it in our pursuit of what we believe is happiness.
Commitment to a career can coexist peacefully with our ongoing commitment to the development of the spirit when we approach each with balance and determination. We can retrain ourselves to allow time, space, and energy for both.
Careers tend to take up a great deal of time that might otherwise be devoted to your own awakening, so make the most of the free hours at your disposal by using your breaks to walk in nature or write in your journal. If you schedule healings, bodywork, and other therapeutic activities on Friday, you give yourself the gift of an unhurried and restful weekend of rejuvenation. You can create a spiritually aware workspace by adorning your desk or office with sacred objects such as a Buddha or a candle that have meaning to you. If decoration is not permitted in your workplace, your supervisor may allow you to display a small item associated with your life path if you explain its significance. Your workplace may not always meet your best expectations, but living with imperfection can also be a wonderful spiritual exercise. Remember that you can strive for excellence in your own existence without asking your coworkers to exemplify perfection. They, too, are human beings doing all they can to grow in spite of that humanity, and they can support you when your path becomes difficult.