Buddhability

Today we’re talking about how to do it all when you have a full plate. Whether you are an overwhelmed parent or caregiver aspiring to build a career you love, or lacking the support you wish you had to care for yourself and everything else in your life, doing it all can be tough. And amid the chaos, we tend to be hardest on ourselves.

Dr. Gitima Sharma, of CSU Fresno, talks us through how she approaches this subject as a counselor educator, and also as a Buddhist practitioner and working mom with two young children.

Show Notes

Today we’re talking about how to do it all when you have a full plate. Whether you are an overwhelmed parent or caregiver aspiring to build a career you love, or lacking the support you wish you had to care for yourself and everything else in your life, doing it all can be tough. And amid the chaos, we tend to be hardest on ourselves.

Dr. Gitima Sharma, of California State University, talks us through how she approaches this subject as a counselor educator, and also as a Buddhist practitioner and working mom with two young children. 

CHEAT SHEET

1:34 How Gitima started chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo
13:11 Her own experience with “doing it all”
19:22 The challenges of self-doubt, self-comparison and perfectionism
28:04 What having a sense of purpose means in Buddhism
32:02 What research says about having a sense of purpose
45:46 How to increase your sense of purpose
53:31 A favorite Buddhist quote about time and enlightenment
56:27 Advice for anyone who is struggling to do it all

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What is Buddhability?

The reality is, we’re already enlightened. It’s only as we face obstacles, stress and our own messiness that we start to forget it. This is a show about how to believe in yourself again, told by a community of Buddhists doing it everyday, and changing the world along the way. Hosted by journalist Jihii Jolly, who you might know from the popular SGI-USA podcast Buddhist Solutions for Life’s Problems, each week you’ll hear an honest conversation about real life and how to tap into your Buddhability. From relationships and dream jobs to lessons from psychology and activism, subscribe to Buddhability on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts so you never miss an episode. For more stories, tips on practicing SGI Nichiren Buddhism, and our newsletter, visit www.buddhability.org.