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Love Your Work, Even If It’s Still Work

It’s been a tough concept for me to grasp since I first read Gibran’s The Prophet, that one must love their work.

You’re kidding, right?

When I was a kid, I thought I’d grow up and be a prima ballerina and dance my little heart out. That dream persisted a while. When I got into high school, I toyed with many artistic (and a few holistic) career paths , as long as I got to create. When I finished university, I was heading out into the world to be a reporter and “finally be free”, and tell the truth. Life had other plans for me, but the great Spirit has a sense of humour.

It took me 10 years to realize I would never truly be fulfilled in an office and figure out what I could do to use my talents, help people and “find fulfillment” in my work. I was looking for answers instead of listening to the ones my heart was whispering all along. But in a sense, I needed these experiences to walk my current path.

Find A Challenge You Love

Let me say this: it doesn’t have to be your passion.  Making your life’s work your passion is an incredible gift, but it doesn’t have to be the same way for everyone. Not everyone wants that. Your career (and your work), if you chose to work in this paradigm, does not have to be based on your passion. But you should enjoy the topic of your work and the way in which you are challenged. If you build a career, you should be excited about the direction in which you’re journeying, at a pace you find gratifying.

I’ve recently been given a great gift. I’ve come to realize that loving work should feel challenging, not oppressing. This isn’t an exact science. A task will be loving work for one person, while it will be someone else’s torture. It’s about whether or not you feel excited and challenged.

I was recently working with someone and went through a few hiccups and misunderstandings. It’s normal. The gift came when I realized that despite the stress of the situation, I felt blessed to be working on this project, with this person. I felt challenged to improve. Although work doesn’t always make us feel happy and peaceful, it remains a valuable experience if it challenges us and helps our growth.

It’s harder to be grateful when we’re being criticized and undermined. Once we get over the emotion, we can choose our perspective. We can choose to grow.

There are definitely kinder ways to grow however.

Work is love made visible.fw

I encourage you to find an environment that provides you with projects that challenge you, with people you appreciate. If that’s not immediately possible, add a little love to one task, then your day, then your project and environment. The fastest way across is through. And the most rewarding way across is with love; for you, for others, for your current opportunity.

Craft a life of projects.

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

Constantly challenge yourself professionally and personally. Make your life a series of loving projects. If you don’t love it, accept it and let it go. If you love it, give it your all and then let things take their course. Let go. Find a new project to love. You will feel enlivened by the love you feel for what you do, for what you’re creating.

How can you add more love to your work? In what ways have you found enjoyment in your work?

Book Review: Yoga Girl, by Rachel Brathen

Rachel Brathen is an instagram sweetheart known as @yoga_girl. I’ve personally been following her for as long as I’ve been on instagram (about a year?). I may have resisted this platform, which as a photographer, is a little contradictory, but at some point, I was too curious about the insta-eye-candy out there. And even though you find all types of trends (uh, there are altogether probably more food and cat pics than anything), I was instantly drawn to this super rad lady because she seemed so full of life, so genuine and her photos were always colourful and her messages inspiring.

Rachel Brathen @yoga_girl

Rachel Brathen is @yoga_girl

Book Review: Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen

When I noticed the buzz about her (then) upcoming book, Yoga Girl, I thought I needed to read her story. I was so excited when it came in that I read it in a few short days. I recently read over certain parts of her story again. Rachel is honest and so full of love. Her wisdom comes from experience overcoming challenges (some of epic proportions) but she is not preachy. It’s fortunate that she’s a beautiful person (inside and out) and that she has so many followers because her message of love, peace and bliss is much needed.

I like that her book is a combination of her story. yoga sequences, recipes, inspirational notes and breath-taking photographs. Her book feels like she’s offering a slice of harmony by showing us how she found peace and beauty in every situation. She’s also found her voice and I admire that.

I’ve tried her green smoothie and her guacamole recipes and they were huge hits with my family. Her words of wisdom resonated with me, which is why I keep going back to her book.

Rachel Brathen in a seated twist

Rachel in a seated twist

Rachel Brathen in Seated Meditation

She inspires me to trust that what I love will be of use to someone and it will bring meaning (to others and to me). Her perseverance through her emotional, spiritual and physical challenges shows me that I can do it too. I can heal my body from emotional pain and hormonal imbalance. I can heal my body from injuries. I can heal my heart from fear and disappointment. I can heal my spirit from illusion. It makes me want to go to my yoga mat as well and work out my issues there. I practice to know Truth as often as I can.

This woman does yoga every dang day! Whoa. It’s what I strive for.

Rachel in king pigeon

Rachel in king pigeon

I realize that yoga is for my body what writing is for my spirit. They’re both tools and approaches to the same state of peace and acceptance.

Yoga Girl Book Cover

Yoga Girl, by Rachel Brathen

I’ve also started trying her sequences. Because of Rachel, I’ve started my handstand challenge… Every day, I work towards doing a successful handstand. I also try to do a forearm inversion. Inversions scare me a little. I know that I’m not there yet and I know this isn’t a complete yoga practice. But the Universe knows how to speak to us so that we understand; the handstand is me facing something that terrifies me and that I once thought I could never do (because I didn’t “have the body” or “the upper body strength”). I *know* through this experience that I will succeed and I know that I am strong enough. I also know that I like to take big bites out of the elephant but that I’m committed to small bites. So the handstand, for me, is tackling a tougher part in small, consistent bites. I will eat that elephant. I will handstand. I am hand-standing even for a few seconds every day. Those seconds will transform into minutes as my body confirms my belief that I am strong.

I am so grateful to her for writing this book and I hope one day to take her class live!

Is there a book that inspired you into challenging yourself? Has social media introduced you to someone you find inspiring?

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