A MicroMagazine for Your Inner Monk at Work
- Is it possible to consistently bring your best self to work on a consistent basis?
- Can you experience the fulfillment and meaning that you do in your private moments at the office?
- Is it possible to find moments of bliss on-the-job instead of just on-the-cushion?
The answer to all these questions is YES. Not only is it possible but it’s not difficult if you hold the right intention, the right attitude, and are willing to practice.
In October of 2017, after a five-year period of self-employment as a technical writer and proposal consultant, I was offered a position that would take me back inside the corporate world.
Because of my past experiences in the corporate workplace -many that were as unpleasant as you may have experienced- I felt a lot of trepidation thinking about returning to the environment where I always felt disempowered and unappreciated.
Not only did I have to take into account my introverted, empathic nature that absorbs negative energy from others without even trying, but the cost of feeling emotionally triggered day after day could be, I knew from experience, mentally and physically debilitating.
When I thought about it for any length of time, the old memories came flooding back and my stomach would churn as if it was full of institutional coffee. I honestly didn’t know if, after five years of being on my own, I could face that kind of existence again.
But the offer was a good one and, although it included a relocation to Southern California and a new company culture and local community to get used to, after investigating two other opportunities, I accepted the offer and readied myself for a rough re-entry into the world of work.
I knew I’d have to be prepared for a repeat of past negative experiences in the corporate world, so I took to my cushion and considered ways it may be different this time, determined to find a solution.
After a few days spent talking to my girlfriend and pondering how I could guard against a repeat experience, it occurred to me that perhaps my focus was all wrong. Instead of looking for ways to beef up my resistance, what I really needed to do was surrender to the fact that nothing was truly under my control… except for one thing.
I could choose who I wanted to be at work.
Instead of being the guy who was on guard against the worst in others, I decided to wholly become the guy whom, when interacting with others, put their personhood first and their job title second.
I could bring my inner monk to work instead of the guy in a social HAZMAT suit.
- I found that re-establishing my meditation and mindfulness practices helped me re-engage with others at work in a way that was wholly human and much less corporate drone
- I read books from my existing collection, and some new titles as well, that nourished my inner monk
- I spent time on the cushion each day
- I renewed my mindfulness practice during the hours I was off the cushion
Today, eight months into my new life, my inner monk is more fully expressed at work than it ever was before and my new job is a great place to be.
What about you?
- Are you in the middle of a negative work environment that has you daydreaming about ways to arrange an untimely demise of your CFO?
- Is your Type A boss driving you to the brink of sabotaging her coffee with Stevia? (Seriously, have you tasted that stuff?)
- Are you looking for a regular source of encouragement and first-hand accounts of people blurring the lines between their work life and their life’s work?
Monk@Work ~ A bi-monthly magazine for those who want to experience more meaning and fulfillment at work
Each issue of Monk@Work contains two to three articles aimed at helping you bring your inner monk to work; experience greater meaning and significance as you perform your duties; and occasional interviews with like-minded Buddhist practitioners on a similar path.
Packaged in an attractively designed PDF with stunning photographs, solidly written articles, all in a package that you can read across your devices and take Monk@Work anywhere…even to work!
Who’s Monk@Work for?
- It’s for you if you have a deep desire to bring your deepest self to whatever situation you find yourself in
- It’s for you if you’d like to restart your spiritual practice after having fallen away
- It’s for you if you need encouragement to bring a better version of yourself to the job
- It’s for you if you want to be a part of something that’s truly unique, personal, and inclusive
- It’s for you if you like occasional freebies that only subscribers receive
It’s like having a Zen coach at the office
My mission here at Zen-Journal.com is simple:
To create a worldwide movement of individuals, freed from the power of suffering and empowered to live their lives with compassion and kindness toward others.
When we’re at work, we tend not to think about who we are on the inside. It’s all work, work, work, and hustle, hustle, hustle to meet deadlines and then get out the door so we can be our real selves.
When we operate this way, we succumb to a world that teaches us to hide our higher self for fear of being judged or ridiculed. Instead of being comfortable with bringing our inner monk at the office, we assume the persona and role of a productivity drone believing that we are doing what is necessary to succeed.
Monk@Work reevaluates of what it means to succeed, both in our private moments as well as at work, for we can only truly enjoy success when we are free of suffering.
The truth is that unless we allow our inner monk to surface at work we are going to continue to live a dualistic identity; private monk and public worker.
Subscribe to Monk@Work
When you subscribe to Monk@Work, you’ll begin receiving your own private coaching in these areas. Each issue addresses topics relevant to the 21st-century workplace with the goal of merging your dual roles into one that is compassionate, kind, as well as professional.
Subscribe today and I’ll also include as a bonus, my book, The Practical Buddhist ~ Buddhism Without the Robes and Ritual. It’s my spiritual memoir that tells the story via a series of questions and answers how I founded my stripped-down version of Zen practice called Practical Buddhism. A 12-Month Membership runs $60/year and includes:
- 6 issues of Monk@Work (released bi-monthly)
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