Hi there, I’m Barry, founder of Zen-Journal – A training company working with corporate support personnel who have the pleasure of working for a hard-charging Type A personality. We offer training in mindfulness practices that result in decreasing stress, increasing job engagement, and improving interpersonal relationships.
My journey to teaching mindfulness practice has been an interesting path. After graduating from medical school and enjoying a first career in medicine, I pivoted to academia and post-secondary education where I taught anatomy & physiology and other courses at the college/university level. My years working with both students and faculty sparked an interest in what makes some people more resilient than others.
About that time I read two books, both by Zen teacher, Steve Hagen – Buddhism Is Not What You Think and Meditation, Now or Never. Each made a significant impact on me marking the beginning of my spiritual journey and relationship with the practice of mindfulness.
My mission now is to help others experience the benefits of mindfulness practice. I think of it as leading a quiet rebellion. I love the sound of the word rebellion, don’t you? Whether it’s the galactic type (Star Wars nerd here) or the inner warrior type, the metaphor is one that brings up images of a struggle against tyranny and oppression.
While we may not be oppressed by an evil Emperor from far, far away…those Type A bosses can really get under our skin. But here’s something to remember, the Buddha said:
“Pain in life may be certain, but suffering is always optional.”
I’d add that it’s also a choice. Zen-Journal.com is focused on helping you stop the endless cycle of reaction to pain when we choose worry, troubling thoughts, blame, violence, and guilt instead choosing awareness. It’s not easy, but you can get there.
My Sweet Spot
It’s in writing about and teaching mindfulness practices that I feel most fulfilled. I’m the author of three books, including The Practical Buddhist: Buddhism Without the Robes & Ritual.
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