New Book: Work That Matters

Coming December 2017 from Parallax Press!


A visionary and practical guide that empowers you to create work
that expresses your life’s Core Intention


So many of us feel trapped in wage slavery and deadened to our true talents and life’s purpose. Or we’ve wandered through dozens of jobs and are left feeling adrift and without meaning in our lives. Livelihood is a source of great suffering for way too many.

Author and longtime meditator Maia Duerr wandered through several professions and dozens of jobs (including alfalfa sprout packer and Buddhist chaplain) before she finally unlocked a combination of work that was deeply fulfilling and sustainable. These experiences provided her with rich material to examine the emotional, psychological, and cultural barriers to creating work that expressed her life’s Core Intention, what she calls “Liberation-Based Livelihood.”

Work is one of the primary vehicles for expressing our deepest selves. Using the 6 Keys to Liberation-Based Livelihood as a framework, Maia takes readers through a comprehensive process that can lead to breakthroughs and positive reformulation of their careers. Mindfulness practice is an invaluable tool in the process of gaining new perspective. Work That Matters gives you the tools to create joyful work that embodies love and compassion—for yourself, and for the whole world.



In Work that Matters Maia Duerr takes the ancient understanding of right livelihood and makes it current, grounding it in the realities of the day. A wonderful resource for anyone interested in creatively developing their career.

— Sharon Salzberg, Meditation Teacher and Author


This book is destined to become a well-thumbed classic, passed from one questing soul to another. In a field filled with far too much flimsy, made-up and plain dangerous advice, this grounded and deeply knowledgeable guide is a godsend.

— Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer


Maia Duerr brings a mindful and liberating approach to creating a work life that speaks to one’s unique gifts and purpose. Providing key tools and exercises, this gem of a book can help you navigate a path from an unfulfilling job to a meaningful and joyful career of your own making.

—Brenda Salgado, Author of Real World Mindfulness for Beginners: Navigate Daily Life One Practice at a Time


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