This E-Course has started, but you are welcome to sign up at any time before the last day, Friday, October 15. When you do, you will find in your Spirituality and Practice account all the sessions that have gone out already. You can read them online in your account or resend then from your account to your inbox. Here is a video on how registered subscribers can access e-course materials: https://vimeo.com/283753660
"It's so stressful at work," a friend told us recently, "that sometimes I need to take a break and visit your website. I read a few quotes from the Practices of the Day archives or an excerpt from a book review. I may also visit one of the pages about spiritual practices. It's like a little Sabbath that nourishes me and helps me go on." Another visitor wrote that the daily emails in one of our e-courses "set the tone of my mornings at work and give me the opportunity to refocus and reconsider what is worthwhile and essential in my life."
We've learned over the years that our own work experiences are enriched when we do spiritual practices during the day. Now we find that changes in the work environment during the pandemic have affected how we view work and what we expect from it. How is work different when it is done virtually? How are the interactions with fellow workers diminished or enriched? Now more than ever, we need to bring our spirituality to work -- whereever we are doing it.
Insights from the marvelous spiritual writers whose books we review have certainly helped us find meaning, purpose, and joy in our workdays. We have learned how our work can be a gateway to spiritual practice, helping us discover our connections to the sacred, to our deepest selves, and to the whole Creation. But we need to approach it with that intention, and that may require a little reframing.
In his fine book The Reinvention of Work, Matthew Fox recalled the words of mystic Meister Eckhart: "The outward work can never be small if the inward one is great, and the outward work can never be great or good if the inward is small or of little worth." This 40-part e-course is about doing the inner work necessary to make your outer work more meaningful.
Our teachers will be Matthew Fox, Lewis Richmond, Jeffrey Salkin, Frederick Buechner, Thomas Moore, Jose Hobday, Thomas Merton, David Whyte, Marsha Sinetar, Joan Chittister, and many others. A short passage from one of their books will be matched to a practice that you can do at work during the day. We'll cover such common challenges as envy, comparisons, expectations, boredom, repetition, time, speed, and ambition, and we'll suggest ways to practice presence, kindness, gratitude, silence, play, and joy in the workplace.
Whether you are just going back to an office or workplace this fall or continuing to work largely at home, this e-course will help you practice your spirituality at work. We'll send you daily emails and you will be able to join a discussion of them in our online Practice Circle. Join us by clicking on the "Subscribe" button below. (6 CEHs for chaplains available.)