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Wise Livelihood (2 of 2)

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2007-01-30
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Notice whether you are overextended in your work life. Do you carry a level of stress and inward pressure that moves out of your job into family life? Study that inward pressure this week and be radically accountable to it. Notice any attempt to project the stress onto others. Are you able to get in touch with the emotions driving the stress? What self-assumptions are at work? Write down the benefits you receive in being self-demanding (makes me disciplined). Next to this list, write down the limitations of this behavior (it hurts). Make a third list of the thoughts that drive the behavior (I have to get this right!). Now write down more objective and realistic thoughts with sane and reasonable assertions (I will do as well as I can without the pressure). Start substituting the sane thoughts when the feelings of pressure arise. Practice mentally rehearsing these new thoughts when the emotions of pressure arise.

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