Monday, October 4, 2010

What, Me Worry?

The number one thing that people seem to talk about when they want things to be different at work is stress.

We all have so much going on. We are more connected than ever, and the expectation seems to be that we can always be accessed and that we are always working. We worry that we might miss something, that we might make a mistake, that we might upset someone, that we might be fired. And given everything that is going on with the economy and the world right now, this can be tremendously upsetting.

It doesn't have to be.

This week, I am going to explore a few assumptions that we make about life, and whether they are really true. It is easy to think, for example, that it takes a lifetime of meditation and study and retreats to change the way we look at the world. But adding to our list of things to do, especially on that order of magnitude, is not that high on most people's priorities. Sure,  if we follow a program, we can change. It might be difficult, but we can stop smoking or lose weight or change some of our habits.

But there are also many examples of people changing dramatically in a split second.

The core of this work is to keep challenging our own assumptions about how the world works. And if we think differently, if we see through faulty assumptions, we can transform in an instant. We can change from the inside out. This week is dedicated to the possibility of instantaneous transformation.


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