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A Whole Life's Work: Living Passionately, Growing Spiritually

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews
What is work, truly? In its widest sense, work is not just a job. It is the sum of all our purposeful activities. Seen in this light, work is our whole life.
In a continuation of his national bestseller, Work as a Spiritual Practice, Lewis Richmond's latest effort, A Whole Life's Work, explores the many facets of work as a means to cultivate inner life and contribute to t
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Atria Books (first published 2004)
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Lewis Richmond sees work as our life - all aspects of life can be part of our purposeful activities and so, they are part of work. Taking work as life, Richmond goes on to define 8 modes of work. There are, in his mind, eight important aspects of outer work that then have a matching eight aspects of inner work. Richmond defines these as Earner, Hobbyist, Creator, Monk, Helper, Parent, Learner and Elder.

At first I had some trouble with these modes that Richmond defines. I was especially turned of
Mar 28, 2007 Marietta rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book changed my perception of work in this day in age. The first paragraph sheds light on the forgotten truth that "work" is quite literally the transfer of energy from one thing/being to another. This Buddhist approach in turn, led me to reestablish myself within a larger framework, recognizing that every interaction i have with any idea, experience or person is a reflection of a larger purpose. By this I mean, thinking of our work as an ongoing expression and our vocation as a reflection ...more
Jun 27, 2008 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in understanding their role on the planet and making the most of their lives
Recommended to Stephanie by: The clearance rack at Half Price Books!
This is the first book in a long time that got me from page 1 and kept me throughout - especially considering two things: 1. it's a book about ordering one's life, spiritually and otherwise, which could sound boring; and 2. it's written by a practicing Buddhist. Not that I have anything against practicing Buddhists! I just don't know many.

He really does a wonderful job of describing the different spheres in which we operate in this life. I will read this one again soon as I continue on my own j
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I don't really know why I'm reading this. Job frustration & permanent eyeball strain from staring at a computer screen all day every day is putting me in a permanently pissed off state (at least last week & this week). That's why I'm reading it, I guess. Maybe it will spawn a bright idea that will point me in a better direction?
Jul 22, 2007 Flora rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I found this book to be something like a muse. As I would read it other thoughts or inspirations would grab me. When I would come back to attending the book I would find that I had barely made it through a few pages. The result of reading this one was true self examination of how I fulfill my commitments in this life.
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