If we could find a way to transform how we view what we do so that it becomes a source of enjoyment and refreshment, it would be a cause for celebration. And indeed, this is exactly what New Dimensions Radio co-founders Michael and Justine Toms provide in their widely acclaimed book.
According to the Toms, the bottom line is: "Has our compassion grown with our business? Has our wisdom expanded with our budget? And has our laughter increased with our staff?" True Work looks at work as service and as a spiritually sustaining activity that promotes healing at all levels. It is brimful with stories and helpful techniques culled from their more than three decades of broadcast interviews and their personal experience.
What others say about the book True Work "Right Livelihood is one of the basic constituents of the path to enlightenment. Michael and Justine Toms have done a great service in helping us understand the nature of true work and its place in a conscious life. This is a thoughtful book and a useful one." -- Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Healing "Michael and Justine Willis Toms are people of enormous heart and imagination, and their work has helped millions." -- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul "A remarkable guidebook—imaginative yet practical—on bringing mindfulness and compassion to the workplace and into everyday life." -- Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying "A wise, honest, insightful, funny, practical, and immensely readable boo—nourishing and helpful to everyone, but must reading for anyone struggling with work or career." -- Belleruth Naparstek, author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal and of the Health Journeys Guided Imagery Audio Series "We each yearn to find our true work. Justine and Michael have a deep appreciation of what gets in the way and how we can persevere into that unfamiliar territory where our work awakens and enlivens us on a daily basis." -- Charles Garfield, author of Peak Performers "In a world of how-to books on everything from career-building to investment management and retirement planning, there is precious little written about the deeper meaning of work in our lives. Now comes an inspiring, liberating, and useful book from the rich minds and generous spirits of Justine and Michael Toms." -- James Autry, author of The Servant Leader: How to Build a Creative Team, Develop Great Morale, and Improve Bottom-Line Performance "This warm and wise book instructs, inspires, and reminds us that work at its best is a vocation, a calling to bring forth our gifts in the context of the community in which we work and serve." -- Joan Borysenko, author of Your Soul's Compass: What Is Spiritual Guidance? "Justine and Michael Toms write about what they practice deeply and lovingly—lifting the tasks of everyday life to exalt our hearts and spirit. For all of us who falter on the path, their work shines out as a brilliant guid." -- Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming "This book does something extraordinary. It propels the reader toward new ways of being and working in the world of the new millennium." -- Jean Houston, author of Jump Time: Shaping Your Future in a World of Radical Change
Enjoy a two-part interview with Justine and Michael Toms hosted by Jacqui Dunne Can be downloaded:
TRUE WORK: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do Part I
To actually be paid for doing what you love would be a dream come true. But how do you discover your passion? And how do you find a way to bring that spirit into the workplace? Justine and Michael Toms, co-founders of New Dimensions Radio and New Dimensions Broadcasting Network, are living proof that it can be done. In this dynamic dialogue they talk about how to discover your passion, cope with a toxic work environment and move with "radical trust." As Michael says, "Creativity comes out of chaos. When the hardest lessons and most difficult experiences are in front of us, that's where the gold is, that's where the real nitty-gritty of your own authenticity lies." Discover ways to find your passion and bring it alive in work and play. Remember, "This is not a galactic penal colony--life is meant to be fun."
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TRUE WORK: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do Part II
Here is Part II of an evocative interview aimed at finding our true passion and integrating it into our life, both on and off the job. It's about finding joy, taking initiative and making the jump. But before you leap, Justine says, "There is an art to choosing well. It involves moving from your own authenticity as well as seeking the alignment and cooperation of others, because none of us works in a vacuum. Remember that the soul is seeking qualities, not things." The Toms have faced many challenges in the twenty-five years of the continual evolution of New Dimensions, both personal and professional. They have learned to never give up the dream, but "hold the future loosely" as life has a way of surprising us with the outcome.
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By Michael and Justine Willis Toms
Work and life are inextricably connected because both are driven by spirit. Work can become our spiritual practice because it can intinually provide opportunities to deepen and enrich our lives. Work is more than a job to make money or to achieve some goal, although it can encompass both these aims.
Ask yourself, "To what do I most yearn to give my full energy and commitment?" The answer will open you to the territory of your soul's longings.
If you don't have a clear answer to the question, it will emerge when the time is right and you are ready. Sometimes we require experience, adventures, and challenges to prepare us for the work we are to do. Trust the process of life and your higher purpose will gradually make itself known to you.
Remain positive and optimistic if you don't feel you have found your calling in life. How we approach life is governed by our attitude and perspective. If our outlook is negative, focused on what doesn't work, then it will be that much more difficult to discover and live our passion.
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