Six or seven years ago i was told by a young, male business associate that I was too “naive” to be in business. I disagreed vehemently. At the time, I was pursuing a law degree, preparing to take over my Dad’s business. The business associate knew my about my dad’s business operations and did not think I was capable of working in that environment. He was partially right. In reality, I’m a lover, not a fighter, and professions in business and law can be notoriously adversarial. This weekend’s subjects of moderation, letting go, and “Sexual Desire [as] the most powerful force in the universe”, were quite enlightening.
The talk by Ajahn Amaro was so rich and, yes, Inspiring. The mantra in my head all week: “The kind of thing you can do for those you love, is to not create them.” Creating people is a tremendously exhausting habit and I am very much looking forward to practicing “letting go” of this effort. Thanks to the Sunday night restorative with Tami, I have created a “legs up the wall” group at work. Twice a day we are laying in an office with our legs up the wall for 5-10 min. Maaaajor de-stressor.
After every weekend, I feel like my heart is warmer, stronger, less broken, shining a bit brighter. I am eternally grateful for having this spiritual journey in my life. Even on nights where I think “I don’t have time for yoga or homework”, I remember the result of my practice: I’m a bit calmer and lighter. Why can’t we make this a priority, like brushing our teeth? “The resolute in yoga surrender results, and gain perfect peace; the irresolute, attached to results, are bound by everything they do.” Bhagavad Gita 5.12
The friendships we are creating through this Teacher Training are life-long. By embarking on this journey, we are going through a transformation, whether small or large. “Spiritual friendship is the whole of holy life” Buddha from Ajahn Amaro. I’m so appreciative for the freedom to be vulnerable, ugly, annoying, embarrassed, sad, joyful, fun, calm, and grateful. It would be a snooze without the personality 😉
So, am I too naive to run with the Business folk? I think the aggression and greed of Business needs a little letting go, calm and moderation. And, I still don’t think I’m naive – I just happen to believe that you can have the best of both worlds.