Laurence Freeman deﬁnes good work as ‘work that brings out the best in the people who do it, and brings enduring beneﬁt to those who are influenced by it’. This book is about how meditation helps to make work good work, while transforming the workplace environment through more humanly rich and enjoyable encounters. The ﬁrst part concentrates on the fundamentals of meditation – as a universal and inclusive practice found in all wisdom tradition. It then shows how the experience enriches the experience of work itself with meaning. In the second part of the book, successful leaders from the corporate world who practise meditation speak from experience about the value of a contemplative approach to work and leadership.
The emphasis throughout is on practice rather than theory. The language is inclusively secular. The approach is wisdom-based rather than a merely physical or psychological one.
The spark for this book came from a series of talks Laurence Freeman gave to the staff at DP Architects, Singapore in January 2017, where they now continue to meditate every morning before work begins.
Laurence Freeman OSB will lead a day on the theme Conscious Leadership, 16 May, at the Meditatio Centre in London. The weakness of inspirational leadership in many aspects of modern life is that it threatens the foundations of civilised behaviour and social integrity. Laurence Freeman has been working in our Meditatio outreach to develop new approaches to contemplative leadership for the next generation – truthful, other-centred, compassionate – and (therefore) conscious. He will look at various models of leadership and suggest how a contemplative practice brings not only psychological and physical benefits but transformative spiritual fruits.
Led by Laurence Freeman OSB
Wednesday 16 May
6.30 – 9.00 pm
Cost £15 Concessions £10
Light refreshments provided
More info and registration here.
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, spoke recently at a Meditatio seminar held in conjunction with Regents University in London. His theme “Leadership and Values’ is an important aspect of Meditatio’s social outreach and will form part of the program that is presently being composed for Bonnevaux.
You can read Mark Carney’s talk here.