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Right Livelihood or Making a Living

“The things we do for love are rarely the things we do for money.” Marcia Menter

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them that I transform lives. Usually that evokes a lifted eyebrow and an unconscious step back. I can see from their expression that I might be joking and when I tell them I teach yoga and nutrition they relax, as if they had been holding their breath. Then they chuckle a bit at my presumption. “Really, yoga and food, can transform someone’s life?” And with a shake of their head, they want to know, “But can you get rich doing that?”

Years ago I made a conscious decision to do what I love in life, to do work that fulfills my spirit and brings me into harmony with others. In these difficult times when jobs are being lost and corporations control their employees with insecurity and fear, let us consider what it means to work for right livelihood.

People often fail in their careers because they have been trying to live out someone else’s idea of what a life’s work should be. They go through the day feeling miserable in their job, unable to give 100 percent to the work and their co-workers, seeing their future mapped out before them in one long agonizing stretch of time. Joseph Campbell once said that if you can see your life laid out for you, then you know it’s not your life.

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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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5:57PM PST on Jan 25, 2013


12:30PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

I wish I could do a job I love, but instead I've been stuck taking lousy dead job after lousy dead end job in order to survive and eke out a meager existence. Hopefully I'll be able to get myself out of that unfortunate rut and move on to do the work I was meant to.

4:43AM PDT on May 12, 2011


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11:34PM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

I wish we didn't live in a world where having a job that you love is considered a very brave act! I hope that can change soon!

10:29AM PST on Mar 7, 2011

This makes me more driven to get into graduate school so I can finally do what I really want.

2:30PM PST on Feb 21, 2011


7:04PM PST on Feb 16, 2011

I was really fortunate in that I enjoyed my career for many years before deciding to immigrate. The working environment was not the same and so many people openly said that they worked only for their pay-packet - because of the corporate culture. I managed to survive - only just - by reminding myself of my wise mother's advice: If you can't change your circumstances, change the way you think about them !

3:44PM PST on Feb 14, 2011

I have been lucky to find creative work which is great for me as a creative person--definitely has not made me rich but at least the work is not something I dread. I worked in modelling, acting and now in marketing and have had lots of jobs in between.

10:55AM PST on Feb 14, 2011

True enough that the majority of the world cannot afford the luxury of enjoying their job but they can try to make the best of it by taking pride & being the best at your job or making friends or finding something interesting (perhaps if they offer free workshops or gym use, etc.), it doesn't seem as bad. A job is not meant to be fun (that's why it's called a JOB), but if you actually enjoy your job, that's fantastic. Even if I ever got a job I loved, I would prefer to e out having fun than working! ; b

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