Monthly Archives: August 2009

“Julie and Julia” — Great Role Models for Joyous Work

Probably the most under-rated spiritual value is joy. Maybe that’s what Jesus implied when he said that to enter the kingdom of heaven, we need to become again like little kids — especially if we’ve become too accustomed to dry, boring “worship” services, deadly dull diets, and tedious workdays.

True joy is an amazingly unselfish spiritual gift. Joy begets a light heart, plenty of energy, resourcefulness, and the longing to help others find joy. Thanks to the spirit and work movement, I’ve thoroughly learned how to distill joy out of any task, even when reality also includes sorrow, grief or other honest emotions.

Now, thanks to the new movie “Julie and Julia”, my full joy is back in cooking, eating, and sharing food with others. That may not be my paid work, but it sure affects all my paid work and dealings with money. Plus, I’ve got a whole new pair of role models for persisting in any vision around work and money. Continue reading

Answering A Call – (not the telephone) — a Guest Post by Kimberly Weichel

Have you had a nagging feeling that beckons you to do something – such as write a book that’s been inside of you, start an organization built around something you care deeply about, or leave your job to start your own business?

We all have callings, sometimes multiple callings, throughout our lives. Our callings surface over and over again, sometimes in obscure ways or in areas that we have ignored, until we listen. Continue reading

Needed: Quiet, Truthful Wisdom for Work and Money in a Noisy, Divisive World

Do you ever feel called to say something and don’t know exactly what it is? Or wish someone else would say that something that could cut through anything from confusion and fear-mongering or overwhelm to a quiet truth? A truth that could get you and others, just for a moment, to stop? To listen? To find clear wisdom for whatever ails or calls you?

I really want that right now, not just around the ever-present health care financing issue, but around everything else that’s dominating the news today, like how hard it is for many of us to make a living right now. Like how many people we know are stuck in painful jobs they hate but don’t dare leave. Or for those of us who are entrepreneurs, where the next clients are coming from in a time when so many are still cutting back. Continue reading

From Overspending or Tightwad Habits to Wise and Satisfying Financial Management

A guest post by Dr. Nancy Irwin

A Wharton School of Business that finds “tightwads” and “spendthrifts” tend to attract one another, even though they both consciously felt they’d be more comfortable with mates of similar spending habits.   So much for the limited power of the conscious mind!

The subconscious, which is where all behavior comes from, is much more powerful than the conscious mind.  This can be really great news, if you know how to work it. Continue reading

Staying Centered When Fear or Chaos Strikes by Kimberly Weichel

At the heart of many spiritual practices is the concept of being “centered,” which means being balanced, in reality, mentally and emotionally stable, able to make decisions from your wisest self. By contrast, being un-centered or off-center means being run by your ego, fears, pride or self-will. In such a state, it’s easy to escalate quickly to a much more imbalanced, unwise state. (Witness the current craziness around the health care “debate.”)

“A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe,” says Wayne Dyer, author of many practical spiritual books.  That’s true whether you’re dealing with work, money, or personal issues. Continue reading

Just What Is “Spirit at Work” or “Faith at Work? What Could It Mean to You?

Some of the most powerful practitioners of spirit and work I know have simply brought their spirit to work without any discussion or fanfare. That was the reality of my grandmother, though I did not appreciate that fact until after many days of struggling over a definition for spirit and work while writing Work with Meaning, Work with Joy: Bringing Your Spirit to Any Job (Sheed & Ward 2003).  Here is that definition.  Continue reading

Tao (the Way) not Dow (the Jones numbers) for Financial Serenity

Tao. Dow. Both are pronounced “dow,” but here the similarity ends.

“Tao” means the way, path or guiding principle for working with faith, integrity and meaning in a mysterious universe.

The concept of way, path or guiding principle is central to all religious faiths and secular philosophies — not just the ancient faith of Taoism. Continue reading

Prayer of St. Francis — a Model Workday Prayer for All Faiths at Work

If we had to pick just one prayer to fit the needs and gifts in the workplace today, that prayer would probably be The Prayer of St. Francis. Though it is profoundly Christian, the Prayer of St. Francis is quoted and used by people of many faiths. It has been sung beautifully by Sarah Mac Lachlen and set to exquisite photos of love in action in daily life. And though it was probably not written until many years after the death of St. Francis, it definitely expresses his mission that is still so relevant today. Continue reading