I’d like to share my story with you about how a passion of mine came to be.
In early 2011, when I returned to work after a leave of absence to deal with my cancer, my co-workers discovered how important meditation had become in my life. They asked if I would show them what I know about meditation. That’s how it all began.
I thought, ‘who, me?’. Then I realized I actually do have a lot to share from the many courses and meditation study I have done over the years. Meditation has given me strength, resiliency and joy in ways I didn’t know were possible. My friends wanted to learn how they could also gain this in their lives.
So I put together a series of classes designed specifically for beginner meditators that show various techniques and address common misconceptions and problems as people first start to meditate. Whenever I learn more, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Dr. Dispenza’s work on how to re-wire the brain, I share these as well.
The groundswell of interest in our organization started with 12 of my co-workers talking about the class at the water cooler, and today I have over 80 students in my weekly lunchtime classes. More than 10% of our organization! This even includes 4 of our executives.
What a wonderful journey this has been, both for myself and the wonderful people who attend my classes. Bringing people together from all departments and levels of the organization for a common, positive purpose is a unique experience. I have seen how some people have changed and found a freshness in their lives.
In my next posts on this story, I’ll discuss how through this teaching I stumbled across partnering my corporate ‘day’ job with my ‘passion’ of teaching meditation and mindfulness, and some stories from the participants. Stay tuned.
- Article #2 – Tangible results from workplace meditation
- Article #3 – Real-Life feedback from workplace meditation students
- Article #4 – Change Management + Meditation