I am in India at the moment so there will be lots of posts coming soon in my “lessons from India” series. Make sure you subscribe to the feed so you catch them all!
Today is the birthday of the most important meditation master in Tibetan Buddhist history. His name is Guru Rinpoche and he is the Indian yogi who brought the teachings to Tibet from India where they stayed safe for over a thousand years.
His birthday is a special occasion for Buddhists; especially those in the town of Tso Pema where I am currently living. The reason for that is because Tso Pema was Guru Rinpoche’s last stop in India before he went into Tibet. There are over 10 caves in this town where he meditated and is said to have attained great realization. These caves are wonderful places to meditate and are very still and quiet.
To celebreate his birthday my three friends and I decided we would hike up the mountain to his caves. The hike takes about four hours and is extremely tough on the back and legs. It is well worth the trek, however, as the experience at the top is incredible. It was during this massive hike that I realized how important it is to have a purpose at work.
Having a Purpose at Work
Let me set the scene for you. It is 39 degrees celcius, pouring with monsoon rains and very sticky. The altitude is Himalayan; we are so high that it is difficult to get your breath back when you are puffed out. We walked the hill at a snail’s pace and we were still dripping with sweat and struggling to take each step.
But we made it because we had a purpose. We wanted to see Guru Rinpoche’s special caves on his birthday.
Having a purpose in the back of our minds made the difficult trek easier. Each step had a purpose and each hardship became part of something more meaningful. It was not hardship for the sake of hardship, it had a deeper purpose for us.
Half way up the hill it struck me how important this sense of purpose is for accomplishing difficult taks.
This is especially true for the workplace.
So the first lesson from India for you all is about finding your sense of purpose at work. Why do you go to work every morning? It can’t just be for the money. It has to be something deeper and more satisfying. Something that can keep you going when the times get tough.
If you have a good purpose you will find it easier to reach your goal, endure hardships and make it to the top. And then you will see a view like this…
Originally posted on July 12, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
Sara at On Simplicity
That’s a gorgeous view! If this is the first of your insights from India, I’m very excited to hear what else is to come.
I recently finishes a book on Qi Gong, and while I’m not quite ready to attain ‘great realization’ it most definitely affected me in terms of personal focus and stress relief. It’s pretty amazing how far ‘remembering to breathe’ can take you.
Looking forward to the new series, and congrats on trudging through some unforgiving weather. Keep it up!