A new post in the series - Reminders to self
“It is the spirit or consciousness in which the work is done that matters most; the outer form can vary greatly for different natures” (Letters on Yoga, Vol 2, p. 671).
Throughout my ‘work’ life, since completing my Masters’ in 1988 until now, I have always been engaged in some type of academic work – either as a teacher, researcher, or even a small stint as an educational administrator. I remember a conversation with a colleague from many years ago when I was still working full-time as a university professor. I had mentioned to her that I wondered sometimes what it would be like to be a worker on an assembly line in a factory where one is simply and repeatedly and almost mechanically doing what one has been trained to do. Keep putting the screw in a certain mechanical part of an instrument, for example. One keeps doing it and doing it and doing it….and years pass by. I have reflected many times about this statement – why did it come out? Was it just an unconscious utterance? Or was there something more to it?
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