purple planet wrote:i want to put to discussion 3 issues :
1 . Is it possible to work in a job that requires thinking - in a mindful way and all the time i use the mahasi technique of labeling so i wonder if i can find a job that i can be mindful at like im washing the dishes in a mindful way ?
how are you mindful of washing dishes? can you describe it?
2 . what jobs are out there who dont need any thinking - the more job ideas the better
for what purpose? do you want to be asleep/on automatic pilot all day? or fully aware of what you are doing?
3 . what jobs do you think are better to help in mindfulness ?
Any and all! it is how you approach work, not what you do that matters.
if you want to follow a specific technique you do on retreat/personal formal sitting/walking practice you should go to a monastery/meditation center that focuses on meditation as the main activity.
you may find what I am about to say not to your taste, but....
it is silly to expect to have ideal circumstances for practice, in the householder life we need to interact, pay bills... and this requires at the very least the first five of the noble eight fold path. If all you want to do is a formal sitting walking standing or lying down practice then work is not for you, and it is ridiculous to try to find a job where you can.
At present I am a cleaner/supervisor, and it requires thinking about how the work has been done, as a Kitchen Porter I was required to pay attention to how the job was done, as a manager of a store it required me to think about the duties and other things that needed doing..., there are duties and extras needed to be done in any job USE THAT TO BE MINDFUL if you don't want to be a hermit.
p.s. there are still duties... for monastics in a monastery even those mainly focused on meditation.
the only job I believe you are looking for is a hermit.
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