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.
Capacitar in the North East of England has a unique connection to the Recovery Community through the Wellness and Resilience Days they hosted at St Antony’s Priory as part of the programme of that Centre 2013-8 . The stillness in Meditation on those days from people in early stage recovery was remarkable to experience and showed to us the capacity for all to meditate. A number of this group also attended our Tai Chi and Meditation days led by WCCM Oblate Terry Doyle.
Capacitar Wellness and Trauma Training has a very wide application starting with our own self- care, as care-givers and then to use in one to one and group work to manage and balance emotions alleviate stress and healing trauma. Chaplain , Counsellors, Hospice workers , Recovery agency staff ,Priests are but a few of the 150 people trained in England in the last 10 years. See Capacitaruk.org, or Capacitar.org for the Capacitar International website. For Training course details and all our work.
In London this August:
Taster Session for 2020/21 course at Meditatio Centre Saturday August 24th St Marks, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX Saturday August 24th from 13.30 to 16.30 Cost £15. There is then a training course in Norfolk , York and Durham in 2020/1.
For further information please contact Paul Golightly on email email@example.com
David’s Place is an inner city space in Sydney, Australia, where homeless and marginalised can come to find friendship, peace, spiritual nourishment and connect with the wider community. David’s Place brings together both rich and poor, breaking down barriers in our city. Judi and Paul Taylor, both WCCM oblates, are part of the founders of David’s Place 20 years ago, including the gift of meditation as part of the activities.
Watch a video that is part of David’s Place 20th-anniversary celebrations:
Read a report on a recent retreat they had for a few of the David’s Place people at at their home on Dangar Island (north of Sydney):
The Transformative Experience of Meditation
By Kim Nataraja
In leaving thoughts and images behind and applying attention to the word in meditation, we transcend the ego and enter the Presence of God.
The Cloud of Unknowing
by Graeme Watson
The teaching of the 14th century spiritual classic is presented here in a lively and contemporary way.
By John Main
Prayer is a self-transcending process which enables us to know ourselves as the presence of the living Christ in our world.
Images of Meditation
by Liz Watson
Seeing the hidden teaching in ordinary things – bikes, flowers, clouds – to en-hance our practice of meditation.
In the UK:
Contact Kate T. +44 (0) 207 278 2070 E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Ng (WCCM Executive Committee and Singapore National Coordinator) was invited recently to speak on meditation to the staff of Dymon Asia Capital in Singapore by Danny Yong (Chief Investment Officer and a founding partner of the company).