RESPECT: Lead the Exchange

The world is constantly giving and receiving. Oxygen, as we know, is an essential component of life for cellular respiration, without which we could not survive. Plants supply us with oxygen while we supply plants with carbon dioxide. The perfect exchange.  Picture what happens when one is not providing its share. Now let that lead you to redirect your wind, your day – your position at work – as you strive to lead for a perfect exchange through respect.

Anyone can be a leader.  However, to lead a respectful and flourishing work environment requires a leader who can provide his or her part in this great exchange. To be a great leader involves allowing our strengths to shine and having confidence in others’ strengths, while continuing to grow in the areas that require improvement or diligence. How we treat ourselves and those we work with is an indication of how our customers will be treated. The leader sets this precedence.

If you show up for your job with your best foot forward, with all of the tools you will need that day, including patience and kindness, you will be trusted and relied upon to do your job with excellence.  Like every other aspect of life, you get out what you put in. If you feel you are not getting what you deserve in your job, realize that changing this has to begin and end with you. After you’ve reviewed and adjusted your own work ethic and attitude, you then have two choices: either respectfully ask for what you feel you deserve, leaving assumptions at the door, or begin to look at what else is out there and possibly leave through the door. If you find, however, that you are constantly ending up unhappy in work situations, the fault may lie with you; self-respect.

Anyone can be a leader.

Great leaders model self-respect as well as consistently and innately show genuine respect for others. In acknowledging your own as well as others’ strengths, you provide an opportunity for everyone to shine. By being aware of your own limitations, you can model an example of self-improvement as well as appreciation for the value others bring. Through this positive reinforcement, you will motivate others to do the same and thereby set the foundation and the tone at your job. A healthy and respectful work environment is one in which each person’s valued contributions are perfectly combined to create a well-functioning organization.

It requires self-respect to do a job that we can be proud of for the betterment of ourselves, our company, and our community. We need to remind ourselves to demonstrate respect for each person we interact with, as well as ourselves, in all areas of life, whether we are on or off the clock.

From The Seven Seeds

RESPECT: Become the Glass

During yoga teacher training Yogis are taught the Yamas and Niyams: the ten ethical practices or rules of right-living that are derived from Hinduism. These, amongst other gifts offer an opportunity to live with respect. Respect for yourself, others and the Greater plan.

Respect in our spiritual aspect of wellness comes naturally when we follow these practices, which are somewhat parallel to The Ten Commandments that are taught in Christianity and Judaism; varied, yet similar, teachings are taught in each religion.  Buddism has The Five Precepts.

Often, when we do wrong we know it in our being – we don’t require a rule to tell us something is not right.  Yet, life presents many circumstances where were are forced to choose between the greater of goods and the lesser of evils.  Thus leaving hearts torn and spirits worn when we lack understanding. 

Discord is an invitation to be still and allow the warmth of light to melt the beauty of the frost in due time.

When what is before you is frosty and unclear and you are unsure of what lies beyond, be still and practice Asteya: non-stealing of yourself, others and Spirit, and allow the warmth of the request of faithful understanding and forgiveness work naturally, rather than with the heat of strained and unnecessary efforts trying to scrape away your frosted glass tying to clean your own slate.

Spring is a time for new beginnings, which is a good time to allow your slate to be melted clean. This way, complete forgiveness permeates through all, like the melted water seeping through the earth.

During my own yoga teacher training, each of my meditations ended in the visualization of frosted glass, with the words in my head to “become the glass.” Today, six months later, I saw the beautiful frosted glass – and had no desire to scrape it off because I knew the sun would eventually melt it away.

Discord is an invitation to be still and allow the warmth of light to melt the beauty of the frost in due time.  Namaste

From The Seven Seeds