“Politics… should be the most heart-filled thing we do.” — Marianne Williamson

Spiritualist Marianne Williamson is running for Congress in California, hoping to bring more “heart” to the political process as an enlightened lawmaker. Williamson will run as an Independent, saying she doesn’t view incumbent Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) as her “opponent,” since the two are merely pursuing the same position. Hoping to keep the tone inspirational, her …

Right Livelihood for the Western Buddhist — Robert Aitken

“…Regrettably, social responsibility has been framed negatively in Buddhism so far. In setting forth ‘right livelihood,’ for example, the Buddha was explicit about wrong livelihood, such as butchering, bartending, manufacturing arms, guarding prisoners, and pimping. Yet the pursuit of such harmful occupations is surely just the most basic kind of transgression. It seems to me …

What is Right Livelihood? – Claude Whitmyer

“What is Right Livelihood? “For most of us today, our identity hinges on what we do to make a living, and the search for meaningful work is becoming a concern for more and more of us. We want work that contributes to the individual and community welfare while doing no harm. “In fold five [of …

The Three Stone Masons

Old story: A medieval traveler, wandering across the country, comes across a huge construction project. Near his path, he sees three stone masons, hard at work with their hammers and chisels. “What are you doing?” asks the traveler. “Breaking stones,” grunts the first. “Making a wall,” says the second. “Building a cathedral!” proclaims the third. …

Engineers and a Cooperative Move to Right Livelihood

“A group of engineers who worked in the nuclear weapons field provide an inspiring example of one innovative way to move toward right livelihood. ¬†They had all come to the decision that their work and their spiritual beliefs were out of synch, but, because they all had families to support, they were reluctant to just …

“To Work is to Pray” — Rick Fields, et al.

“Both the Hindu and Christian traditions stress that all work should be dedicated to God and undertaken to serve others. “Laborare est orare,” say the Benedictine monks, “To work is to pray.”” — Rick Fields, et al., “To Work is to Pray”, in Mindfulness and Meaningful Work, Parallax Press, 1994.