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zen habits: Find the Zen of Work

zen habits: Find the Zen of Work


Find the Zen of Work

Posted: 02 May 2013 03:28 PM PDT

By Leo Babauta

One of the most common problems I hear from readers is the difficulty in finding calm and peace in the middle of a work day.

Work for many people is stressful, full of too many things to do, too many meetings and emails and incoming information and interruptions and irritations and distractions and decisions and confusion.

Putting “Zen” into the workplace — some calm, some mindfulness, some letting go of that which stresses you out — is not a simple thing for most people.

To help those who’d like to find a more peaceful way of working, I’ve teamed up with San Francisco Zen Center to create the Zen of Work online course.

Zen priest Robert Thomas (former president of SFZC) and I will be co-teaching the class, which lasts for four weeks and starts this Sunday (May 5, 2013). Space is limited so please sign up by Saturday (May 4) if you’d like to join us.

What will the class consist of? Four weekly modules, each with:

  • Videos with Robert and me
  • Articles and podcasts with other great Zen teachers
  • A weekly live video webinar (with me and Zen teachers Robert Thomas, Susan O’Connell and Marc Lesser on different weeks)
  • A Q&A where you can submit questions to be answered
  • A weekly mindfulness practice
  • A forum to discuss the material with other course members

This will take a daily commitment, so if you’d like to do it, please set aside at least 20-30 minutes a day to view/read course materials, do the practice, and interact with the teachers and other members (through the forum, Q&A, and webinars).

Sign up for the Zen of Work course here.

Course Contents

Here’s what we’ll be offering during the four weeks of the course (starting May 5):

Week 1

  1. Course Overview
  2. Core video lesson: – with Leo & Robert
  3. Core lesson: Week 1 mindfulness practice: sitting (with meditation instruction video)
  4. Core lesson: The Mechanics of Habits, and How to Change, by Leo Babauta
  5. Audio lesson: What’s a Mindful Workday Like? By Robert Thomas
  6. What is mindfulness? by Susan O’Connell
  7. We Are All Zen Students, by Marc Lesser
  8. Live Webinar: Robert Thomas & Leo Babauta, Thurs. May 9 at 3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern
  9. Ask the students: why are you here?
  10. Forum Q&A on Friday May 10

Week 2

  1. Core video lesson: with Leo & Robert
  2. Core lesson: Week 2 mindfulness practice
  3. Core video lesson: Using Slogans to Remember Mindfulness – with Robert Thomas
  4. Core lesson: Expecting things to be perfect, by Leo Babauta
  5. Article: Practicing in the Mud – ideas about perfection, by Susan O’Connell
  6. Audio lesson: What’s a Mindful Workday Like? By Susan O’Connell
  7. Live Webinar: Susan O’Connell & Leo Babauta, Thurs. May 16 at 3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern
  8. Forum Q&A on Friday May 17

Week 3

  1. Core video lesson: The Cessation of Suffering – with Leo & Susan
  2. Core lesson: Week 3 mindfulness practice: computer ritual
  3. Core Video Lesson: More Slogans to Remember Mindfulness – with Robert Thomas
  4. Core lesson: How to Remember Mindfulness, by Leo Babauta
  5. Audio lesson: What’s a Mindful Workday Like? By Mark Lancaster
  6. Busy and Not Busy, & Resting in the Moment
  7. Podcast: Shame, Regret & Forgiving – by Susan O’Connell
  8. What We Can Learn from the Zen Students of Tassajara, by Leo Babauta
  9. Live Webinar: Robert Thomas & Leo Babauta, Thurs. May 23 at 3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern
  10. Forum Q&A on Friday May 24

Week 4

  1. Core video lesson: with Leo & Robert
  2. Core lesson: Mindful Email, by Leo Babauta
  3. Core video Lesson: Mindful Managing – with Robert Thomas
  4. Core lesson: Week 4 mindfulness practice
  5. Video Lesson: Expanding Practice, and Continuing Habits – video with Leo & Susan
  6. Right Livelihood, by Randy Komisar
  7. Audio lesson: What’s a Mindful Workday Like? By Jordan Thorn
  8. Video Lesson: Mindful Communication – with Lisa Hoffman
  9. Video Lesson: Mindful To-do List – with Lisa Hoffman
  10. Live Webinar: Thurs. May 30 at 3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern
  11. Downloadable sheet: Mindfulness Exercises
  12. Forum Q&A on Friday May 31

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