When we are working for ourselves, we feel driven and we burn out.
When we are working for prestige and power, we get tense and even sick.
Not being anxious about results means that when fortune smiles on you, when success comes, you don't get excited, per say, you just say thank you. Then, when fortune frowns on you and friends desert you and everything seems to fly in your face (as is bound to happen because that's the nature of life), you don't get depressed or lose heart. Nothing can shake you; you are at your best whatever comes. That is living in freedom.
If we practice meditation and allied spiritual disciplines, private, personal and selfish motives will gradually become less and less.
WHY? Why, we often ask...
We are where we are doing what we are doing because we have something to learn from that particular context. What and who we are - what we've thought, done and desired has brought us to that job and that situation and that makes it just the situation we need to grow. With growth comes a new context to work in, new people, new challenges and greater opportunity for service.
Are you a part of a work that benefits others?
All life is yoga. Our food, work, relationships, recreation, even sleep. These are all activities which, when practiced in the spirit of love and service, help us to the supreme goal.
- Eknath Easwaran
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