I was with a client recently who works for a large corporation. The dynamics of the organisation are complex and demanding and her experience of her role within it is understandably challenging and at times stressful.
In the session, she said "when I'm at peace with it all, I'm highly productive" and went on to describe how her entire experience of work changes when she's clear and calm. She flows, manages everything well and is able to clearly communicate to her bosses what she wants and where she wants to go.
This level of insight is so wonderful and powerful. When you recognise that the fundamental nature of the mind is clarity and peace you can tap into it at any time - and this is what she's doing, taking inspiration from Invisible Power and her own experience of meditation.
It's also great to see how when we relax and connect deeply with our own sense of calm that we can achieve so much more, make better decisions and reach goals almost effortlessly. This theme comes up a lot in my coaching and, for me at least, confirms the very beneficial relationship we can have with our quantitive (outer) goals and our qualitative (inner) goals - both of which are important.
Just grasping at outer goals is really not enough. It's often painful and feels somewhat meaningless. We may achieve more income, a bigger car or larger house, but still feel empty. We need to think about the kinds of experience that will leave us with a sense of fulfilment and that will help us develop our own wisdom about life. We need meaning and purpose.
Of course, we all need money and a comfortable home. But if the pursuit of those things comes at the expense of our quality of life then we perhaps need to ask ourselves where our happiness actually comes from?
Once you can gain an insight into the fact that happiness is an inside job, you can establish a better balance between your inner and outer goals. As a result, we begin to feel less anxious and more in control of our own psychological equilibrium.
When we have a peaceful experience - everything's ok. Doing a lot is ok. Doing little is ok. We can respond to the situation we are in much more effectively. It's easier and we, like my client, can become highly productive.