Posted by: Upāsaka | 11/19/2012

Unburdened with Duties – Mindful Working in Manhattan

 Samphappalapa veramani sikkhapadam samadiyamiMy job as co-owner of an online business requires that I spend much of my day multi-tasking and generally becoming completely unmoored. As I edit YouTube videos, create graphics, manage my remote and in-house employees while responding to sales’ rep calls and customer emails I quickly “lose the thread” and spiral into almost complete heedlessness. Whatever the case may be, my conditioning is such that I’m more prone to frivolity and idle chatter when I find myself overwhelmed rather than becoming quickly irritated with those around me (that happens to fall to my Type A partner). For years I have flt badly about running my mouth at work and saying things just for a laugh but the precept against samphappalapa has always been the hardest for me. Nonetheless I hope that my renewed commitment to the practice and actively trying to integrate it into my workday will help to overcome unskillful speech and return me to the path of heedfulness a little more quickly. May we all taste true freedom in this life!



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  1. What a gift you recognize it and that are aware of all this 🙂

    • You are too kind but you may be onto something. Sukhi hotu!

  2. Speech is a wonderful tool to benefit other beings. May I suggest that instead of being aware of what you say and how you say things, listen instead to what is being said and give space. Just by listening, you will be surprised how much space you create to practice awareness. It will become so easy! 🙂

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