Today, your work, your tasks, are not your top priority.
Your State is Your Top Priority.
How are you being, as you go about your tasks and your work?
Are you harried, anxious, struggling, and “just want to get it done”?
The quality of your work tends to match the quality of your being.
Plus, you have no guarantees of your work results — you can only control whether you do the work, and how you do it. Therefore, why not do your work from joy… instead of frustration, anxiety, or boredom?
Your state of being 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.
From there, do your work.
None of us can escape work, if we want some level of material comfort, and the experience of achievement, growth, and fulfillment.
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. You are doing your best to make that happen. Yet, you have no guarantee that your work today will actually contribute to that.
What you can control for sure is how you feel as you do your work.
And 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 struggle.
In other words, “Hustle!” “Grind!”
That is what most of us have been practicing for years.
No wonder so many of us yearn for easy money, easy work, easy life, even though we know those to be shallow illusions that don’t truly add value to our life nor our growth.
We need to do real work, deep work, to really contribute to our vision for the world and our own lives. There are real problems problems that are deeply calling to us, crying out for our best 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.
Right now, it may be more natural for you to work within anxiety, stress, frustration, or boredom. (At least some tasks feel that way to you.)
But for any task, you can practice a different way.
Throughout the day, in any moment of negativity —anxiety, stress, frustration, confusion, boredom, i.e. 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, Spirit, Your True Nature, Inner Peace, Joy, Love, The Force, God.
The Spark is always, patiently, waiting for you to reconnect.
Whenever you tap the Spark, you feel a deep sense of joy, peace, love. When you practice tapping into the Spark on a regular basis (daily, ideally many times a day) those good feelings start to pervade your entire life… including how you work.
No matter what is happening in your life and in your work, no matter the decisions you’ve made, no matter the mistakes and failures, the Spark is always with you, patiently available for you, ready to be kindled into a warm fire.
Yet, it only comes with practice. Tapping into the Spark is a skill you can learn, and with enough repetition, it will become natural.
One of the core practices for me is the Energy Reboot. I do this many times daily, as frequently as every half hour during my working time.
Other practices you may find useful include mindfulness meditation, prayer, spiritual music, dance, or any activity that allows you to feel the joy, peace, and love of the Spark. But don’t just do it in the morning or evening — do it hourly if possible.
If it’s hard for you to feel the Spark, it can be helpful, even life changing, to use the services of a spiritual mentor, counselor, or coach. Feel free to reach out to me for recommendations.
When you are in an energetic connection with your Spark, you feel a deep sense of well-being.
The most important thing is to first access that state of deep well-being. Then from there, do your work. You will enjoy your work much more. And others will also more likely enjoy your work. Whatever the results are, people will appreciate your way of doing work, and it will remind them of their Spark.
You will be adding deep value to others, truly bettering the world.
Instead of trying to manipulate the world to your vision before you can be happy, first get into the state of deep happiness (connection to the Spark, which can be done at a moment’s notice), and from that inner state, do the work that might also contribute externally to a better life and world.
Regardless of the outer results, which again we have no guarantees for, if you practice the Spark, you will always experience 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 responding from your ego, from “what you want” the world and others to be like… to have things your way, your preference, your vision.
Remember that what we practice becomes natural. It may be natural for you to operate from ego and feel negativity when things don’t go your way… but it doesn’t have to be this way. What’s natural is what’s repeated.
Therefore, practice taking a breath now, 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 or happy.
Instead, when we practice always tapping into the Spark first, the peace/joy/love that is always within us, awaiting our reconnection, then Life becomes bliss.
It becomes this way, natural and normal, only when we practice.
Today, you are either practicing ego and negativity, or you are practicing tapping into your Spark often.
You always have a choice.
I wish you a life and work that arises from a deep sense of well-being.
This post was previously published on www.medium.com and is republished here with permission from the author.
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