I chat with a series of friends and co-creators about projects that have put in place the structures that help people embody a sense of meaning and purpose in their life.
In each episode we cover the ethos behind the projects and some of the practical tools that were needed to make them happen.
I have also distilled some of the lessons that have been gleaned from the podcast, into this post on how to create a thriving community.
Episode 1: Work Made Meaningful Part 1, with James O’Halloran
My background is in project management and I specialised in creating environments where people and teams can thrive. James is an executive coach who is passionate about helping people find or create their perfect job.
In this four part conversation, we chat about how work can make life meaningful and how your career can be an opportunity to self actualise.
We also bring into the conversation how this can intersect with spiritual practice and ultimately improve the world for everyone.
In this first part we talk about making room for failure, the importance of knowing yourself, lego serious play and creating a better world through meaningful work.
You can find out more about James here.
Episode 2: Work Made Meaningful Part 2, with James O’Halloran
In part two we talk about creativity in meditation, clarifying what success looks like to you and finding belonging.
Episode 3: The Making of a Short Film, with Eamon and Lucy Bourke
Eamon, Lucy and I created short film together.
This episode is an intimate conversation about the themes that arose from our collaborative film-making process and ultimately how we felt that it was an expression of meaning, connection and friendship.
It also contains some potentially contagious laughter and some graphic conversations about menstruation.
Eamon is a professional film-maker and you can read more about his work here.
Episode 4: Starting a Sangha, with Joost Vervoort
My friend Joost tells the story and inspiration behind the sangha that he started, which is called the Dharmagarage, and we discuss how it has become a community for shared adventures and explorations into dharma and meditation.
You can follow the Dharmagarage on Twitter here.
Episode 5: Inside a Women’s Group, with Claud and Emma
Claud and I founded a women’s group, which Emma now runs. We discuss the journeys that we have all been on being part of it and reveal the mysteries and magic that goes on inside a women’s group.
Concluding that this is basically the best spiritual practice there is.
Episode 6: Work Made Meaningful Part 3, with James O’Halloran
Part three of our conversation. In this part we talk about projection, flow states, conflict, interdependence and vulnerability, all in the context of work and spiritual practice.
Episode 7: Work Made Meaningful Part 4, with James O’Halloran
The final part of our conversation about making work meaningful. We discuss making work a pleasure, the meaning of life and the importance of cultivating maturity for work and through practice.
Episode 8: Healing Trauma, with Dan
Dan is a mental health professional who has created a website about trauma-informed mental health. We discuss our personal experiences and professional perspectives on trauma and talk about why it’s so important that people know about it.
Episode 9: Karma is Trauma, with Kaloyan
We discuss what karma is and how we’ve worked with it in our sessions, particularly focusing on healing the masculine and feminine energies.