“You don’t need to change jobs – just change how you’re looking at it.”
That’s what my spiritual teacher (Dr. David R. Hawkins) told me when I talked with him, many years ago. I was unhappy with my academic job. I thought my life would be better if I went into the healing arts profession – something more “holistic.” But he told me that happiness wasn’t something ‘out there’; it was all in how I approached the situation.
Thanks to his guidance, I didn’t change careers; I simply changed how I viewed my job. I began to teach meditation and other contemplative courses at my university. “Holistic” was the approach I took, caring for the wholeness of the students, mind-body-spirit-heart. Then, in 2007, we opened our Meditation Program, one of the first of its kind at any college or university. Here’s a short (5-min) video of our program “changing the world from the inside-out.” This video was published in the Journal of Contemplative and Holistic Education, April 2023.
Often it’s not the situation that causes our suffering, but how we’re looking at it. And who’s in charge of that? We are.
—Dr. Fran Grace, Steward of the Meditation Program at the University of Redlands, author of The Power of Love, a book dedicated to her teacher.