Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Zen and the Art of Career Change

I came across a blog entry by Melissa Dutmers called Zen and the Art of Change Management where she writes:

~ "Zen emphasizes (that) wisdom and awareness are realized through meditation and mindfulness of daily experiences. Zen practitioners believe this provides insights which ultimately lead to enlightenment. For those of you that have tried to meditate and quiet your mind, you know that it takes practice and you realize your mind is difficult to calm."

Indeed. And when you have been downsized and are conducting a job search, it is supremely difficult to calm the mind.

So what is zen? Writer Stephen Warrilow says:

~ "Zen simply means present moment awareness - to be fully present NOW. To be fully present now, is to be fully conscious."

And it is something worth practicing. Dutmers offers some ideas for Change Managers that have applicability for job hunters:

~ Practice mindfulness.

~ Practice slowing down.

~ Practice reflection.

And Warrilow offers this insight:

~ The change is You.


Posted by Terrence Seamon, August 12, 2009

3 comments:

David Zinger said...

Alan Watts did a lot of Zen-like work and I always appreciated his statement: If you make where you are going more important than where you are there may be no point in going.

Terrence Seamon said...

As a big Alan Watts fan from way back, I thank you for bringing his wisdom into the picture, David.

Watts once said so profoundly, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Terry

Mike@ahamoment.com said...

Hi. I like the "zen" angle. I agree that one has to be at peace to be able to hear that "little voice" ....

I was also reminded of a story Dianna sent us a while back. She was told early on that a career in the arts was impossible, so went a different more financially secure route.

Then a little later decided to "chuck it" and pursue her true passion -- art!

Check out here story at the link below. Hope you like it.
http://www.ahamoment.com/vote/dianna