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Right Livelihood: How Earning an Ethical Living Affects Self-Care - Berin Kinsman
I’ll say it here and I’ll say it clear: A good chunk of my need for self-care stems from years of not practicing Right Livelihood. What I did for a living caused other people harm. There is no question. While I never did anything illegal, I did things I considered to be unethical if not downright immoral because my employers required me to. The guilt of that left me with anxiety, depression, and ulcers. What is Right Livelihood? Right Livelihood is the fifth step along the Buddhist Eightfold Path, and the third moral virtue. Don’t earn your living doing things that create harm. The examples in the early texts talk about not engaging the slave trade, selling weapons, or dealing…