Please take a few moments before you begin this teaching to settle yourself. Sit upright, yet naturally relaxed. Before listening to and/ or reading the teaching make aspirations such as: "I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to the precious Dharma. I am doing this for the benefit of all sentient beings so that they may be free from suffering and attain complete awakening".
Many of us may feel unhappy and not appreciated at work. Here, Tulku Migmar gives us practical advice for daily life. Why should I put up with a nasty boss? Is quitting my job the best answer? Tulku-la suggests we approach the issue differently. He uses a simple example of how he advised a student on a successful strategy.
We spend a huge amount of our daily life at work.
Work and Stress
We need to learn how to deal with job-dissatisfaction and work-related stress. In this video, Tulku-la reminds us that we often blame the boss or our co-workers for bad situations. Often we make judgments quickly and misinterpret situations. But we don’t usually consider the possibility that we are creating our own job unhappiness and dissatisfaction. Instead, we usually look outwards for the causes of our problems. Tulku-la suggests that instead a practitioner should make an effort to shift one’s perceptions.
Self-reflection: Examine Our Own Perceptions
We need to see how our ego, our pride, and our mistaken perceptions can produce an unhappy work atmosphere. We usually tend to focus on “my problem.” This means we are creating our own work stress. Think about that carefully for a few minutes!
If we examine this we may realize that we are not considering the problems and feelings of others. But the good news is that we can adjust our actions very easily. When we speak kindly and respectfully to our employer and our co-workers we may see a complete change. We can influence the way people respond to us–and to each other. Instead of complaining about how we are being poorly treated, think about how we might try to behave. We should think about how we respond to our colleagues and bosses.
Experiment with this perception change yourself. A transformation may be easier than you may have thought. We may be surprised and much happier with the results! The great bonus is that we may also find that those around us become happier and less stressed at work.
At the end of the teaching, please remember to dedicate the merit of receiving a Dharma teaching. As you go through your day, take a few moments from time to time to recall these instructions.