Sometimes referred to as "the happiest man in the world," French biochemist-turned-buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard states that "authentic happiness is not linked to an activity; it is a state of being."
Suffering is universal, and if we really think about it, we all know what makes us suffer. Often we are stuck to it, and we feel that we have no power—no courage—to cut off from the roots of our suffering.
But we can cultivate the spiritual power to transform our cravings, our anger, our frustration, our suffering and our despair! We can transform all of our afflictions, because like everything else in the universe, they are impermanent.
When we are able to cut off from suffering, we become free people. In this freedom, we find happiness.
Work environments are not always easy places to remember and engage in our mindful practice. It is important to act mindfully in this space though, as it will bring more peace, happiness AND productivity. When we act mindfully, we form better relationships with our co-workers, respect our body’s need for movement, listen to signs of hunger and fatigue and ultimately we are better at our jobs.
Here are some tools that encourage mindfulness in the work place:
Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness allows us to access true human happiness. Oneness of body and mind results in concentration, which allows for insight and liberates us from suffering and frustration. Enjoy this audio clip with Thay from the Shambhala Sun.