The society we live in gets faster and faster all the time. Mobile technology means we are available and distractible at any given moment. The workplace is an intense place with barely a moment for reflection and with never-ending demands. Yet if we are to flourish as people then our work should surely be more than just a headlong rush of tasks one after another.
We believe that well-being encompasses all that we are. If we fail to address aspects of who we are for long periods of time we begin to lose ourselves. The modern workplace can do this to people. There is so little time and space in many of our workplaces. A generation ago work stated at 9 and finished at 5 with a good hour for lunch. Now it starts at 8 finishes at 6.30 and lunch is taken at our desks in the company of a warm PC.
Work:space is designed to give people in the workplace a chance to find space, reflect and address the spiritual side of them. We believe that whilst many people are deserting religion they are not rejecting spirituality. And addressing our spiritual side allows us to reflect, to find perspective, a sense of peace and a deeper awareness of ourselves, our work, and of the world around us.
Work:space offers a time of quiet, meditation and contemplation at the heart of busy and pressured workplaces in Poole. It draws on the ancient traditions of Christian meditation and contemplative prayer. It is open to anybody of any faith or none.
We started work:space in March 2010 in the Barclays HQ building in Poole town centre. Since then we have also started a work:space group in the RNLI HQ just down the road and a similar group at the Civic Centre offices of the Borough of Poole. The times of these sessions are below:
Work:space Barclays – 1pm Wednesdays, Barclays Room, Rm 4/4
Workspace RNLI – 1pm every other Friday, RNLI Training Centre. email John_LeRossignol@rnli.org.uk for details
work:space Civic Centre – 1pm Tuesdays – see LOOP for venue.