The Buddhist term, “Right Livelihood,” which originates within the Buddha’s Dharmic teaching of the Eight-Fold Path, has entered our culture as a reflection of a general attitude of caring about one’s work in the same way that one would about one’s body.

Michael Philipps offers us four qualities that he considers to be the essentials of Right Livelihood:

(1) Your work should be an area of great passion! Most of the time right livelihood means looking forward to the day with the same excitement that you would if you were on vacation.

(2) Right livelihood is something that you can spend your whole life doing. This means that your right livelihood should have within it the room for your constant curiosity. It must give you room to keep learning, to grow in love and compassion, and it should offer you challenges that will try you and yet appeal to you time and again.

(3) It should be something that serves the community. You should feel that you are serving the community in what you do or you will have longings, as you get older, to do something else; you might even have regrets. You’ll serve people best when you are fully using your own unique skills.

(4) If should be totally appropriate for you, meaning that your right livelihood must engage your unique talents and abilities to the fullest. Lastly, have a friend ask you this question fifty times, “What is God’s destiny for you?”

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Ayasha Roberson started Urban SociaLites, LLC in June of 2010, she holds a bachelor degree in Sociology from Richard Stockton College and Masters Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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