Working to live- living to work! What’s your deal?
Working, working, working, we do it for so many reasons but are they all correct? Are we working to get ahead? Or is it an escape? Is it a core necessity or do you love your job? What is your reason and could you use yoga to change how you cope with it?.
When I was young I wanted to work to get independence, earning money seemed to be the answer but, was it really? Nah, it definitely wasn’t. I soon realised that if I worked for anything other then enjoyment it was false economy. I realised that if I didn’t enjoy the work I did that the money no matter how much was nothing but a drain and not enjoyable.
Once this discovery was made I started to work in jobs that I enjoyed and the ones I didn’t I only spent the necessary time in it. I started to enjoy life and work as a combination instead of dreading the prospect of going to work and realising that all the money I made didn’t get enjoyed as I was too exhausted to enjoy it on those days and hours I had off. I also started to be more in touch with myself through yoga not as a teacher but as a learner practitioner.
The prospect of working for enjoyment doesn’t seem to sit well with everyone, they tend to think that if your enjoyment of work is to great you can’t afford a fancy car, house etc they are of cause probably right and living a self sufficient lifestyle isn’t as cheap as it sounds but, it certainly beats the socks off trying to live within the fast pasted, over priced world of many people.
I now only teach yoga for the enjoyment of all and this includes myself (ahimsa). This leads me to have plenty of time to devote to my adorable family, Stuart’s beekeeping operation and the families self sufficient lifestyle. I have found that enjoyment of all we do comes as a massive first in our life, it makes the families life happier as mum and dad enjoy what they do.
I still teach yoga to the corporate clients I have, helping them de-stress and enjoy the week or at least feel more relaxed and in control of their own self. This leads them to have greater productivity in their work which keeps the boss off their case and leads to a far happier workplace for them.
So in my opinion take the plunge and study a new work related job you may love, change your job if it works for you and start to enjoy life as we are only here for one life and if we are brought back we have no memories of this one. So why not stop the commercialism of our work and enjoy the simple pleasures that are here and now.