A Whole Life's Work: Living Passionately, Growing Spiritually

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Simon and Schuster, 2004 - Religion - 246 pages
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What is work, truly? In its widest sense, work is not just a job. It is the sum of all our purposeful activities. Seen in this light, work is our whole life.

In a continuation of his national bestseller, Work as a Spiritual Practice, Lewis Richmond's latest effort, A Whole Life's Work, explores the many facets of work as a means to cultivate inner life and contribute to the developing consciousness of all humanity.

A Whole Life's Work defines eight important modes of work -- the Earner, the Hobbyist, the Creator, the Monk, the Helper, the Parent, the Learner, and the Elder -- along with their corresponding eight modes of inner work: Precepts, Vitality, Patience, Calm, Equanimity, Giving, Humility, and Wisdom. These inner modes are drawn from the author's Buddhist training, but in some form they can be found in most other spiritual traditions, demonstrating the recognition throughout history that our whole life's work has inner as well as outer dimensions.

Here Lewis Richmond addresses a primary struggle of contemporary life: how to strike a balance between achievement and ambition on the one hand, and happiness and fulfillment on the other. Whether we are professionals, artists, hobbyists, parents, or students, Lewis helps us recognize the larger picture, too -- our contributions and responsibilities to the wider consciousness of the planet. Through teaching stories, spiritual exercises, and interviews, A Whole Life's Work provides an invaluable roadmap toward the ultimate reconciliation of outer livelihood with inner life, so hat when we have grown old we can look back and say: I did the best I could, what I did counted, I am satisfied.


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This goes on the list of books I'm deeply grateful for. I've done a quick-but-deep skim of this book--there is much to be gained from just that-- and am now reading it more thoughtfully chapter by ... Read full review

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A Buddhist teacher, musician, and software entrepreneur, Richmond (Work as a Spiritual Leader) has written a thoughtful and innovative book on work, understood not only as our struggle for survival ... Read full review


What Is Work?
The Eight Modes of Work
The Earners Work
ChapterS The Hobbyists Work
Chapter The Creators Work
The Helpers Work
The Parents Work
The Learners Work
The Elders Work
A Whole Lifes Work

The Monks Work

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About the author (2004)

Lewis Richmond is a Buddhist teacher, workshop leader, software entrepreneur, and musician/composer. He lives in Mill Valley, California.

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