True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do
If we could find a way to transform how we view what we do so that it becomes a source of enjoyment and refreshment, it would be a cause for celebration. And indeed, this is exactly what New Dimensions Radio co-founders Michael and Justine Toms provide in their widely acclaimed book.
According to the Toms, the bottom line is: "Has our compassion grown with our business? Has our wisdom expanded with our budget? And has our laughter increased with our staff?" True Work looks at work as service and as a spiritually sustaining activity that promotes healing at all levels. It is brimful with stories and helpful techniques culled from their more than three decades of broadcast interviews and their personal experience.
"Right Livelihood is one of the basic constituents of the path to enlightenment. Michael and Justine Toms have done a great service in helping us understand the nature of true work and its place in a conscious life. This is a thoughtful book and a useful one."
"Michael and Justine Willis Toms are people of enormous heart and imagination, and their work has helped millions."
"A remarkable guidebook—imaginative yet practical—on bringing mindfulness and compassion to the workplace and into everyday life."
"A wise, honest, insightful, funny, practical, and immensely readable boo—nourishing and helpful to everyone, but must reading for anyone struggling with work or career."
"We each yearn to find our true work. Justine and Michael have a deep appreciation of what gets in the way and how we can persevere into that unfamiliar territory where our work awakens and enlivens us on a daily basis."
"In a world of how-to books on everything from career-building to investment management and retirement planning, there is precious little written about the deeper meaning of work in our lives. Now comes an inspiring, liberating, and useful book from the rich minds and generous spirits of Justine and Michael Toms."
"This warm and wise book instructs, inspires, and reminds us that work at its best is a vocation, a calling to bring forth our gifts in the context of the community in which we work and serve."
"Justine and Michael Toms write about what they practice deeply and lovingly—lifting the tasks of everyday life to exalt our hearts and spirit. For all of us who falter on the path, their work shines out as a brilliant guid."
"This book does something extraordinary. It propels the reader toward new ways of being and working in the world of the new millennium."
Enjoy a two-part interview with Justine and Michael Toms hosted by Jacqui Dunne Can be downloaded:TRUE WORK: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do Part I
To actually be paid for doing what you love would be a dream come true. But how do you discover your passion? And how do you find a way to bring that spirit into the workplace? Justine and Michael Toms, co-founders of New Dimensions Radio and New Dimensions Broadcasting Network, are living proof that it can be done. In this dynamic dialogue they talk about how to discover your passion, cope with a toxic work environment and move with "radical trust." As Michael says, "Creativity comes out of chaos. When the hardest lessons and most difficult experiences are in front of us, that's where the gold is, that's where the real nitty-gritty of your own authenticity lies." Discover ways to find your passion and bring it alive in work and play. Remember, "This is not a galactic penal colony--life is meant to be fun."
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- How to discover your passion
- How to cope with a toxic work environment
- Four ways to expand time
- Developing “radical trust”
- Being realistic and living your dreams
- Taking charge of the direction of your life
- How to balance work and play
- Letting go of approval from authority
- How New Dimensions was created, one small step at a time
- How to create your own “True Work” circle
TRUE WORK: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do Part II
Here is Part II of an evocative interview aimed at finding our true passion and integrating it into our life, both on and off the job. It's about finding joy, taking initiative and making the jump. But before you leap, Justine says, "There is an art to choosing well. It involves moving from your own authenticity as well as seeking the alignment and cooperation of others, because none of us works in a vacuum. Remember that the soul is seeking qualities, not things." The Toms have faced many challenges in the twenty-five years of the continual evolution of New Dimensions, both personal and professional. They have learned to never give up the dream, but "hold the future loosely" as life has a way of surprising us with the outcome.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- Four sure-fire ways to deal with setbacks
- How to discover your own authenticity
- What to do when worry wakes you up in the middle of the night
- Being inner-directed rather than outer-directed
- A new perspective on money
- The importance of True Work Circles
By Michael and Justine Willis Toms Work and life are inextricably connected because both are driven by spirit. Work can become our spiritual practice because it can intinually provide opportunities to deepen and enrich our lives. Work is more than a job to make money or to achieve some goal, although it can encompass both these aims.
Ask yourself, "To what do I most yearn to give my full energy and commitment?" The answer will open you to the territory of your soul's longings.
If you don't have a clear answer to the question, it will emerge when the time is right and you are ready. Sometimes we require experience, adventures, and challenges to prepare us for the work we are to do. Trust the process of life and your higher purpose will gradually make itself known to you.
Remain positive and optimistic if you don't feel you have found your calling in life. How we approach life is governed by our attitude and perspective. If our outlook is negative, focused on what doesn't work, then it will be that much more difficult to discover and live our passion.
On the other had, if we have a sense of gratitude, engage life with optimism, and have a healthy appreciation of the possibil8ities inherent in every situation, we are better equipped to be open to finding our true path and following it with gusto.Bringing Passion to Your Work
A key to knowing if you are doing what you really want to do is to check out how much passion you bring to the activity. If you are lukewarm about what you're doing, then you can be certain you're not connected to your true calling.
Observe what activity energizes you. Does it serve people and the planet? Do you enjoy doing it? The answers will help determine what you love to do.
Getting up in the morning and feeling good about starting the day, having a sense of the contribution you are making through what you are doing—these give meaning to your work and go a long way towards softening difficulties or problems that may be associated with your job.The Moral
When you feel yourself part of this human family, you can connect with compassion to your fellow humans and discover the ways you can serve. Look around you and see what needs doing—and commit yourself to satisfying the need. Such an act will open the doors to your own life purpose, and you will begin to realize your full potential.
The world needs your creativity. No longer is it appropriate to sit back and let others do everything. Your experience is important as a piece of the overall tapestry. We're living in the midst of an exciting time, ripe for seminal change at many levels. The father of modern psychology, William James, once set himself this dictum, "I will act as if what I do makes a difference." He affected the lives of millions, and his legacy continues long after his death. You'll never know the full power and effect of your actions. But it's crucial that you act.
There is so much to be done; the opportunities are limitless. What do you want to give to the world? Where do you feel inspired to serve? Listen to your inner voice and pay attention to the world around you.
Whatever work you are doing or may choose to do in the future, remember that you are connected to the whole world and even the smallest act makes a difference. How you do your work matters to all of us and especially to yourself. You alone are the creator of true work.