The Driving Force Behind Awareness in Action
My passion for this work stems from my ten years of intensive training in how to apply mindfulness, meditation and compassion to running Rigpa, an international non-profit organization.
Although I had been a Buddhist for many years I had always made a subtle distinction between my working life and my mind training. The challenge to apply what I learnt on the cushion to my work in Rigpa illustrated the limitations of this view.
I discovered that seeing all activity as an opportunity to train my mind in meditation and compassion increased my own sense of focus and wellbeing. It enabled me to overcome deep-seated habits in how I interacted with other people.
These insights inspired me to find a way to share these techniques more widely with people who perhaps had no interest in Buddhism but wanted to bring their best selves to their work and to succeed as people as well as employees.
This is what the work of Awareness in Action is all about.
Maureen presenting the work of Awareness in Action at the Empathy and Compassion conference in London Oct 2013