Career Advice From the Heart

Career Advice From the Heart

Dear Soul,

I am writing to give you some friendly advice. I would never want to interfere with your plans, but I care for you and have been sending you hints for a long time about the direction of your life. So I just wanted to call on you to take up this wonderful opportunity to live a life less ordinary, as a bhakti-yoga specialist. In this new role, you can make real change in the world! Being a bhakti specialist is not something you learn about in school, so let me tell you more about it.

First things first. Before starting your spiritual career, You must first look after You. This means you have to water your own garden, so to speak. Everybody knows this on principle, but these days I’ve observed fewer and fewer people giving their true self any thought, let alone time or action. For most, even giving attention to their bodies and minds takes enormous effort, what to speak of addressing their spiritual needs. This is mostly because so few people actually know what that true self is, yet. So how can they care for and respect it? Therefore, our company mission promotes, first and foremost, spiritual education, for both employees and society at large.

This education is the best investment you can make for yourself and your career. Just think of it as the university for the soul. But instead of plugging numbers into spreadsheets and writing long essays, you’re developing strong personal qualities and learning to access your eternal spiritual identity. It’s not as overwhelming as it sounds; it just means cleaning up any destructive habits, developing some better ones and learning to do most of the things you usually do in your daily life with full attention and heart. For example, cooking a meal. Because you do it with thoughts of the Supreme Spiritual Being, you do it to the very best of your ability. Such endeavour is a total win-win for your individual consciousness and for everybody’s palates. Seriously! This is not a joke, and this process is not a waste of time.

This is exactly what your society needs. I know you have seen and wondered about the world and its inhabitants; you’ve wondered how you are going to save the planet, how you will sustain strong relationships, how people will ever become less selfish. I’m telling you straight: nothing else will make a difference except a change in consciousness. Greed, selfish desires, and envy are the root causes of all these social issues.

I know you love that phrase “Be the change you want to see in the world.” But are you going to leave it at that? As just a Tweet or a cute tattoo? Or do you want your life and that of others to reflect true, enduring change? Just following your whims and then justifying them in your mind is not really going to cut it. That’s just what everyone else is doing according to the values and ideas they have been told or picked up along the way. You’re bigger and better than just another individual exploiting the earth and its resources, animate and inanimate, to get your way. Remember, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Again, I tell you this because I love you, absolutely and unconditionally, and I can’t bear to see your talents wasted and your heart unfulfilled any longer.

I know that embarking on a nonmaterial career is different, which can be a bit scary. But we both know you’ve got a good brain, and a big heart, and this knowledge and its application is both sustainable and satisfying for both. Spirituality is not just for weekends or for twenty minutes a day. It’s a way of living—a spiritual culture. A culture based on knowledge and wisdom. It’s not a culture from a place in a travel brochure or in an intrepid journey on the Discovery channel. But it is alive all over the world and you can be a part of this culture where people respect one another, and where every action is one of love and upliftment. It’s a culture where everybody has a significant role to play. It is not restrictive but gives structure to a world that is falling apart, its purpose to build towards spiritual goals. It is community unified by timeless spiritual principles, working with compassion and the common goal of sharing inner peace and happiness with others.

I really want you to be a part of it. You and everyone else will benefit from your brave, bold decision. Just think: [Insert Your Name], Spiritual Warrior. This is your calling. I look forward to hearing from you.

Your greatest friend and well-wisher,
Living in your heart,

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Jiva Maya

Jiva Maya

Jamie developed a taste for travel in her childhood, hopping between the United States and the United Kingdom, where she now lives in Cardiff, Wales. Upon finishing college she took a “gap year,” which unexpectedly lasted four years and led her to Australia and New Zealand. Her adventures and questions led her to bhakti-yoga, which she continues to pursue along with other interests including writing, reading, dance, and music.

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