Get Paid to Meditate: Practicing Mindfulness at Work
March 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Monday, March 2nd, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:30pm
cSPACE King Edward, 1721 29 Ave SW
Who can benefit from these classes?
- Anyone who is more comfortable ‘doing’ than ‘being, but still wants to become a more joyful, clear and energetic being
- Anyone who struggles to establish a supportive spiritual practice because of lack of time
- People who have found their meditative practice on the cushion difficult to integrate into their life off the cushion
As a modern city dweller, you probably spend most of your waking hours at work or school. That means, if things are going well at work, you’re probably pretty happy. But if they aren’t, or when things outside of your control come up, things can go downhill pretty fast. What’s more, the fact that we can’t up and quit every time things get a little rough can compound the sense of our suffering because we feel trapped in the situation.
There are 2 ways to approach this conundrum:
- Use as much of your time outside of work as possible on stress-relief and wellness strategies, and hope that you can build up enough reserves of calm that you can draw on while at work. (e.g. Yoga classes, meditation, cross-fit, hobbies, social time, etc.)
- Use your context and activity at work as your way of building greater resiliency, self-awareness and empowerment. Essentially, you use your career as the training grounds for your spiritual growth. It’s like making your job a cross-fit gym for your mind.
Karma + Yoga = Transformation
Awakening Through Action (aka karma yoga, from the sanskrit for action, karma) is one of the 6 classical yogas (along with hatha, bhakti, raja, tantra and jnana). Through karma yoga, we develop our ability to be mindfully aware moment-to-moment during activity. Given our attachment to our body as a big part of our identity, achieving the same degree of awareness of the mind during physical activity vs. seated in silent meditation is challenging. On the upside, when we learn to be aware of our mind’s activity as it is happening moment to moment, we have much more ability to integrate this into our daily lives.
There is a $30 admin fee for this workshop.
Dharma Hub is committed to accessibility. If your financial situation makes this fee inaccessible but you feel called to do this work, please contact us.
About the Facilitator
Christopher Lawley has been studying with his root teachers, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, for 13 years, the last 7 of which have involved direct training as a member of the Planet Dharma administrative team. During this time he has overseen the training of karma yogis who have used this practice to make huge progress towards their spiritual goals. Christopher credits karma yoga with helping shift and remove big blocks and making him a more loving and happier person.
Christopher also works as a transformational life coach and creative facilitator focusing on helping individuals and organizations connect with their highest purpose and to engage in authentic communication. He loves putting these skills to work for Dharma Hub activities, as spiritual awakening in this lifetime is his greatest passion.