Keeping Calm Through Job Change

Julia W. // April 12th, 2016

Julia Watson in the Spring

A few years ago I moved from a full-time salaried job to being self-employed. This shift was exciting. It brought me the freedom to choose my own schedule and be my own boss.

But I found the transition nerve-racking.

It raised worries about how I was going to find clients and fear I wouldn’t be able to pay the bills.

During this transition my mediation practice helped me continually come back to the present moment. I would remember that right now, in this moment, all is well. Being anxious about the future wasn’t helping in any way.

I could see that my body was wanting security, clear work hours and a set salary. It likes to keep things known and familiar. But as Spirit I was eager to spread my wings — to have the freedom to choose projects that felt exciting to me.

Meditation helped me to reassure my body that it was safe. It allowed me to step into the unknown with more confidence. It helped me trust myself.

And as it happens, paying the bills has turned out to be no problem at all.
 

Creating More Ease at Work

Denis P. // February 12th, 2016

Lightwork Meditation - Denis

I work in a very dynamic and competitive industry. I always have many projects happening at the same time. The priorities change frequently with a fast-moving market, and there is an ever-present pressure to launch new products and services before the competition.

Before I started meditating work could feel overwhelming and at times, out of control. It consumed most of my energy. At the end of the day I’d feel depleted.

Meditation helps me release all that pressure and stress, and keeps me more focused. It helps me see the bigger picture, so I don’t spend much time worrying about small details. Meditation also brings structure to my day, which enables me to use my time more efficiently.

3 Great Reasons to Meditate this Fall

Tiffany // September 23rd, 2015

Julia T. in the Fall

The fall can feel like a new year – the freshness in the air, kids returning to school and an overall sense of possibility. Here are three great reasons to take advantage of the season and learn to meditate.

#1: Improved Focus

Picture this: you’re at work on the computer or reading at home and suddenly you notice you’ve become completely distracted. Bingo – these are classic examples of when meditation can help.

Why? Well, like doing anything – sports, music or cooking – skills get better with practice.  Meditation teaches you how to direct and redirect your attention on demand. With practice, the mind can overrule tendencies to become distracted, more of the time.

Replicate this in your home or work environment and say hello to a greater focus, potential for increased productivity and ultimately more control over what you think.

#2: More Energy for Life

According to the Journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, mindfulness-based techniques – which can include seated and walking meditations, as well as mindful eating and yoga – correlate with structural changes in the brain known to play a key role in the stress response.

Two separate studies found that after only four months of practice, participants who learned to meditate had lower levels of stress hormones compared to non-meditators.

Similar research from the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School confirms that learning to meditate improves the ability to cope with stressful situations and leads to increased relaxation, greater energy and more enthusiasm for life.

#3: Personal Time

For many of us, as parents and professionals, we’re often facilitating new experiences for others. But when was the last time you signed up for a class or workshop that’s just for you?

Maybe now’s the time. Taking a meditation class is a great way have quality time for you.

Lightwork is a Vancouver-based meditation centre geared at training western minds to learn to meditate through simple, step-by-step instruction.

Check out our roster of fall Lightwork Level 1 classes – and keep in mind, more classes are added all the time.

Meditation, Nursing & Life

Darci R. // June 9th, 2015

Darci RosalieSince I started meditating, I’m much more present in all areas of my life — whether I’m at work, play or rest.

I began to understand the power of presence in nursing school. When I was really present in my interactions with patients, I could see a therapeutic impact. Just the act of of sitting down with them and deeply hearing them assisted their healing. 

Sometimes they needed less pain medication. They ate more. They were often more willing to spend time sitting up in a chair, rather than lying in bed.

The impact of being present with patients outweighs the pressure to speed through my task list – even though some days I’m so run off my feet I’m lucky to get a quick break.

I apply the power of presence beyond my work. I am now more awake, aware and present for life’s daily activities. Even the smallest thing — brushing my hair, sweeping the floor or watering my plants — is filled with light and enjoyment when I am present for it.

And when I am in relaxation mode I can truly have that experience. I’m not drifting to the past or thinking about what the future may hold.

I can just be.

 

Change-o-rama

Julia T. // February 2nd, 2015

 

Heart Julia T

One thing I wish everyone could know about meditation is it can really change your life.

Not in a new-years-resolution-you-let-slide kind of way. But in a real, long lasting sense.

Meditation enables you to get to the core of your issues, where real change happens. It is one thing to know you have an unhelpful coping mechanism, but another to be able to let it go…and to let it go with ease.

Mediation can really help with this, making lasting change easily. The ways I have changed since beginning to meditate are among the reasons I am most grateful to have a meditation practice.

Creating The Life You Want

Cathy // January 15th, 2015

Cathy Belgrave

Meditation helps with major life choices.

I remember a time when I experienced major anxiety deciding whether to change my job. It was a dilemma: should I stay in a secure position or switch to a job where I could use my creativity?

At the time I had a young family so security was important, but my job involved long hours that limited my family time.

My analytical mind went back and forth trying to weigh the options.  The more I tried to figure it out, the more confused and overwhelmed I became.  My pros and cons list wasn’t working!

I wanted to give up. For a while I just stayed in the current job avoiding a decision, but I continued to be dissatisfied despite my best efforts.

Over time, using meditation to refocus my attention and tone down the chatter in my head, I was able to see the choice I really wanted to make.

I took a leap. I switched to the new job. And because I did I gained new skills, used my creativity and developed a family routine that was much more manageable and fulfilling.

I learned that security comes from within and I’m capable of creating what I need in my life.

Where the Richness of Life Lies

Julia T. // December 3rd, 2014

Julia T moss

Being present helps me face the worry that life is passing me by.

I find it empowering to be present, to be with my life however it is. With presence I’m not waiting for something to happen. I’m more at ease with the moment.

With presence comes the ability to be aware of every level of your experience. Whether it’s your senses — like the feeling of the breeze on your skin — or internal things like emotions, presence is where the richness of life lies.

By cultivating presence in meditation, I’m able to experience it in my daily life. It’s funny how what once seemed mundane is transformed into a glorious experience.

Life is Less Confusing with Meditation

Cathy // November 9th, 2014

Cathy Belgrave, Lightwork Teacher

Through meditation, I learned to be aware of when my mind wanders and when I become distracted.

I started to see opportunities to change things in my life so that I could live with less confusion. I was tired of being scattered and not always on top of my game.

I became more organized simply by seeing that if I changed just a couple things in my daily routine, I would feel less stretched and overwhelmed. Instead of having many things on the go all the time, I learned to complete things efficiently.

I learned ease. I began to feel calmer and more aware.

With these changes I feel better about myself, more capable and settled.

 

How Meditation Feels

Tiffany // October 5th, 2014

Tiff meditating red scarf

Meditation is my way of noticing what’s going on within me. These days it feels like stillness and quiet.

But it wasn’t always this way. Early on, I often cried when I meditated. I can’t say this felt awesome, but it certainly felt like it needed to happen. Meditation helped me see the reasons for my emotions. It’s helped me understand myself deeply.

My experience of meditating has really changed over the years. Now I’d say it feels powerful. Some days it feels like just being love.

I love the stillness of it and more and more, I see that this stillness is me.

The Zen of Biking

Julia W. // September 8th, 2014

Julia W Zen of Biking

Biking can be intimidating.

It takes moxy to ride alongside cars. Recently I’ve been using meditation techniques to stay safe and increase my enjoyment of cycling.

Here are my 5 best tips:

1. Presence. As you commute in the morning, let go of thoughts about the day ahead. These thoughts slow your reaction to unexpected happenings.

2. Ease. When you begin the ascent of a steep hill, it’s helpful to remind yourself that some people would find this easy. Why not you? Climbing a hill with ease isn’t just a factor of fitness. Attitude and perspective have even more influence. Gear down, take it slow and allow your experience of cycling to be easy.

3. Awareness of personal space. It helps to remember that everyone has the right to take up space. On a bike it can feel like you need to make yourself small to not take up too much room on the road. But it’s dangerous if you are spending more time avoiding cars than focusing on yourself and your route. Take space for yourself on the road. You can bike up to 1 meter from the curb. Likewise claim your right to have your personal space – your aura — flowing and spacious around your body.

4. Non-judgement. There can be a temptation to judge motorists and other cyclists when close calls happen. Practice non-judgement by giving the benefit of the doubt to everyone that shares the road. Let go of negative thoughts. Cultivate neutrality and acceptance.

5. Regular meditation. I notice that when I am fully present in meditation, it helps me be fully present in all other aspects of my life…including biking. A daily meditation practice will help you be safe, present and more joyful on the road and in life.

 

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Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson is the founder and spiritual director of Lightwork Spiritual Development, based on Gambier Island, B.C. For more than 30 years, Scott’s spiritual evolution has been his life focus, along with helping others discover themselves as spiritual beings.

Even in earlier stages of his life Scott lived outside the confines of mainstream society as a hippie kid, musician, video artist, photographer, poet and world traveller. Spiritually aware from childhood, he could see energy, and he knew there was a bigger picture than the material pursuits of life.

His spiritual purpose took shape in his early twenties when he discovered a meditation style that was an immediate fit. He dove deeply into spiritual studies, deepening his clairvoyant abilities and learning the art of self-healing.

Scott is constantly pushing the boundaries of spiritual knowledge. Through teaching, writing and photography, he empowers others to become conscious, bright spiritual beings on the path to freedom.

Scott is also Chair of the Board, chief visionary, and manager of the Lightwork Ecovillage, the Gambier Island sacred site that is home to the Lightwork practice.

Alison Cretney

Alison has been practicing Lightwork meditation since 2007. As a certified Lightwork teacher, she offers classes suitable to first-time meditators or anyone who has practiced other meditation styles. You can attend her classes in beautiful Nelson, BC, or by phone or Skype.

Alison has found Lightwork's clarity, ease and potency to be transformative in all aspects of her life including parenting, work, relationships and stress.

She has a Masters in Strategic Leadership Toward Sustainability which she applies in collaborative projects seeking solutions for climate change.

Julia Watson

Julia offers meditation and consulting services for organizations and individuals.

She started her conscious spiritual journey in her mid-twenties but it wasn’t until she came across Lightwork in 2002 that she found a meditation practice that really worked for her.

Julia completed Lightwork’s seven levels of training in 2010. She has been joyfully teaching meditation classes and offering private energy readings since then.

She was previously the Program Director at Hollyhock (Canada’s leading educational retreat centre) and is now a self-employed bookkeeper.

Julia received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in 1994. She received a permaculture design certificate in 2000.

Julia Thiessen

Julia started taking Lightwork classes by phone from Winnipeg in 2004. The classes rocked her world so thoroughly she moved to Vancouver to continue her meditation studies, eventually graduating from Lightwork's most advanced program, 'Level 7: The Apprenticeship' in 2012.

Her move to the West Coast allowed her to become involved in the Lightwork Ecovillage, where she continues to deepen her meditation practice and learn life lessons (like...you really can grow kale year round!).

Julia is a certified Lightwork Teacher. She offers Lightwork Level 1 and Level 2 classes for beginners, as well as private energy reading sessions.

She brings creativity to the Lightwork administration team, and manages two annual meditation retreats: the summer '9-Day Dharma Healing', and 'Winter Light Week'.

She has an intuitive and studied understanding of all things green, arising from her work in therapeutic gardening at BC Children's Hospital and other locations around Vancouver.

Cathy Belgrave

When Cathy signed up for her first Lightwork class, she entered brand new territory. Coming from a scientific background, meditation was well outside her normal repertoire but she felt compelled to try it.

Without even being able to describe how, she shifted perceptions in all parts of her life and began making decisions that decreased stress. Encouraged, she thought she would keep meditating until it no longer felt like a fit. That day never came. She’s now a committed Lightwork practitioner and teacher.

Cathy offers Lightwork Level 1, Level 2, private classes and energy reading-healings. She blends her passions for writing, teaching and meditation by offering creative writing workshops for children and adults.

Darci Rosalie

Darci discovered Lightwork meditation in her last month of nursing school. She realized she wanted a totally new way of coping with stress.

So she turned down a fancy job in California with a big signing bonus and season’s tickets to her favourite football team. Instead she registered for Lightwork's beginners class and never looked back.

Throughout her healing journey Darci has witnessed how meditation has the power to shift tough situations and heal what needs healing.

Her favorite thing about being a Lightwork teacher is the simplicity and presence of being in the moment. The big and small of the universe come into focus and make room for significant awareness and healing.

Darci graduated from the Lightwork Apprenticeship program in March 2014. She offers energy reading sessions and meditation classes in a loving, supportive environment.

Tiffany Robinson

Tiffany Robinson has 18 years of experience in the social services sector, a B.A. in psychology, and over 15 years experience developing and facilitating dynamic wellness programs for youth and adults. She is a full-time instructor of Lightwork’s Level 1 – 3 meditation courses and Teacher Training program, and has been studying meditation for over 15 years, completing Lightwork’s two-year meditation teacher training in 2012, and a three-year apprenticeship in 2015. She is also Lightwork's Director of Operations.

As the Wellness Programs Specialist for the Crisis Centre of B.C., Tiffany co-developed and facilitated hundreds of workshops, webinars and wellness programs designed to enhance well-being, resilience and mental health. Over 13 years, she championed the centre’s first mindfulness training programs and was instrumental in establishing key contracts to deliver large-scale mindfulness programs to 1,500+ employee organizations, such as the Vancouver School Board.

Tiffany lives at the Lightwork Ecovillage on Gambier Island, an off-grid permaculture farm-meets-meditation-centre set on 80 acres overlooking Howe Sound.

Jacqueline Voci

Jacqueline first learned to meditate as an antidote to stress and a crazy-busy lifestyle in the tech and PR industries. As she gradually made it part of her daily routine, an entirely new way of experiencing life emerged.

In March 2014, she completed Lightwork’s two-year meditation teacher program and began its most immersive course, a three-year apprenticeship to founder, Scott Robinson.

Jacqueline teaches Lightwork's beginner classes (Levels 1 & 2) and offers meditation workshops for companies and organizations. She has hosted workshops for the Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education, UBC Faculty of Medicine, BC Cancer Research Centre and BCIT Student Association.

She is also a writer and communications consultant.

Elizabeth Stevenson

Elizabeth decided to give Lightwork a try in 2010, after observing a friend's Lightwork journey. Deciding it was a fit, she took classes from her hometown of Victoria by phone for six years. She then packed up and moved to Vancouver to continue her studies, completing Lightwork's Level 6 Teacher Training Program in 2017.

Meditation has helped Elizabeth let go of fears and embrace all aspects of herself. She's excited that teaching now gives her the chance to offer the Lightwork techniques to other people.

Prior to Lightwork, Elizabeth completed a B.A. in anthropology, and certifications in community counselling and permaculture. Music has always been an important part of her life. She enjoys singing opera and jazz, and offering vocal improv classes.

Leslie Dickout

Leslie took her first Lightwork meditation class by phone in 2012 while living in the busy city of New York. She was awestruck by the simplicity of the tools she learned, and how they helped her let go of old patterns. She knew she wanted to learn more.

Now settled in Vancouver and enjoying a much simpler life, Leslie offers Lightwork Level 1 and Level 2 classes, as well as private energy reading-healings. She completed the Level 7 Apprenticeship program at Lightwork in 2021.

She also works in communications at BC Recreation & Parks Association.

Zhenya Andriyash

Zhenya started taking Lightwork meditation classes in the fall of 2012 while living in New York City and working for a bank. Meditation was his way of dealing with stress-filled workplace and hectic city life.

While taking Lightwork's Next Step program, he moved to Vancouver to lead a quieter, healthier life with a focus on his spiritual development.

Zhenya completed the Apprenticeship program at Lightwork in 2021 and now he offers beginner Lightwork classes (Level 1 and 2), as well as reading-healing sessions.

Having a job in the tech sector, Zhenya finds his meditation practice to be essential for having wellness and balance in his life.

Bogdan Serban

Bogdan Serban is a certified Lightwork teacher and a soccer-playing dad of two boys.

He started studying Lightwork in 2015 after many years of interest in spirituality and energy work. He considers the Lightwork practice to be life-changing, improving his relationships at home and work, and instilling a deeper self-confidence. He uses the Lightwork techniques every day to support his parenting, marriage and work life.

Bogdan originally hails from the picturesque, mountainside city of Brasov, Romania. He’s lived in Vancouver since 2005 and works in the telecom sector. In his down time, you’ll usually find Bogdan hanging out with his family or on a soccer pitch.

Bogdan completed his Lightwork teaching certificate in 2020. He also holds a degree in business management.