Spiritual Practices Offer Peace and AcceptanceWritten by Teresa Proudlove
Facing career transitions and our daily lifework challenges can leave us feeling lonely, stressed and anxious. How do we manage to deal with financial and emotional stress of having a home, a car, work (or no work), kids and a spouse in this too-busy world? Certainly, getting some caring support and guidance is helpful – but ultimately we have to find peace and comfort within ourselves. Listed below are three simple spiritual practices which can help us live life from a supportive, comforting perspective. These practices can help us shift from habitually reacting to life’s problems, to walking a path of more peace and acceptance.
We Do Not Need Fixing
Self-improvement and much of network marketing industry bombards us with ideas that if we fix or change our beliefs, attitudes, old wounds, thinking, goals, financial situation then we will be O.K. or a success. We are further burdened with blame and shame for supposedly having created our so-called “lack or negative situation” with our thinking, beliefs or unaddressed childhood hurts.
These egocentric doctrines hurt us. Where is room for God’s infinite plan, our soul’s work, indeed our lifework; within such narrow thinking? There is much at work, far beyond our control or our imagination, shaping our lives. At times, we are but frail dust swept within winds of change. During these difficult times, like career changes and lifework challenges, we need compassion for our human condition… not self-incriminating lectures.
Paradoxically, there is an element of truth in school of thought that our beliefs, thinking, attitudes and old hurts can affect our quality of life. However, our lives are not a problem to be fixed and we are not to blame for every life occurrence.
“Events occur because conditions are right, and your action only contributes to one of many conditions.” Lieh-Tzu
Often I hear people lamenting their lives; saying they should be further ahead in their careers, relationships, financial situation, and even in their self growth. Yet, creating change involves much more than decision-making and setting goals. We are planting seeds which grow our being. Often we have to grow into being which can make changes we wish to have. Growing a being is work of a lifetime not ten-easy-steps-to-a-new-you.
This is why career change or any type of life transition can take much longer than we planned. The more time I spend on this planet, more I realize how very little is really within my control and how rarely things work out according to my time line. More and more, I am aware of hand of God orchestrating life, with us but players upon a great stage. Wherever we are right now, is exactly place we are meant to be.
Forensic Science Careers - Real Life CSIWritten by Lindsay Jaroch
Advances in scientific technology in examining crimes scenes have turned forensic science into a high demand and rapidly growing career field. Adding to popularity of forensic science jobs are TV shows like CSI – Crime Scene Investigators. This article will serve as an overview for a career in forensic science that includes many subcategories like forensic science consultants, fingerprint technicians, fingerprint examiners, forensic investigators and evidence technicians. Forensic Scientist Job Description
Forensic scientists investigate crimes by collecting crime scene evidence and using natural sciences to analyze data they recover. They generally work 40 hours each week in a forensic science laboratory. Forensic science technicians are often required to go to crime scene and collect physical evidence that can be found. They work closely with government officials and police detectives in order to help solve crimes.
Additional tasks forensic scientists have include:
Reconstructing crime scenes
Collecting and analyzing DNA samples
Reporting investigative findings
Examining firearms and bullets
Analyzing textual evidence
Interpreting laboratory findings
Keeping logs and records
Operating all laboratory equipment
Most forensic scientists specialize in certain types of evidence such as DNA analysis, firearm research and weapons testing, examining fiber, hair, tissue, or body fluid substances. They often work with chemicals, fluid samples and firearms that demand safety precautions. However, risk of harm or contamination within these working conditions is minimal.
Salary Ranges / Job Outlook for a Forensic Scientist
Of all science technicians, forensic scientists currently earn second highest annual salary. In 2002 average pay rate for a forensic scientist was $19.73 per hour, or approximately $41,000. The low ten percent of this scale earned around $12.06 per hour - $25,100 yearly. The highest ten percent earned around $31.49 per hour - $65,500 yearly. However, pay range depends upon factors like type of specialty, years of experience, type of employment and location.
In United States, employment rate for forensic scientists is expected to grow steadily over next decade. Current Nationwide trends estimate that job openings for forensic scientists will rise approximately 19 percent by 2012. These numbers indicate more than 360 job positions opening up each year. In 2002, forensic scientists held approximately 8,400 job positions. These scientists work mainly for State and local governments, but keep close professional relationships with police investigators and other crime experts.