Search Inside Yourself, with Mirabai Bush and Gopi Kallayil

Northeast USA  

August 1, 2014toAugust 3, 2014

Garrison Institute

How can the modern workplace become a source of inner peace and global transformation? Mirabai Bush and Gopi Kallayil will explore why and how organizations, including Google, teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills and offer yoga programs at work through innovative experiential learning programs such as Search Inside Yourself (SIY) and Yoglers. The SIY curriculum and methodology are based on the realization that the solutions to many of our problems lie within ourselves, and that by practicing mindfulness at work, we can become more emotionally intelligent, recover from adversity more easily and swiftly, and create possibilities for ourselves and our organizations to flourish. Building on these ideas and best practices , which will be shared, we will learn how we can create a community of mindfulness at our workplaces.

Participants will learn contemplative practices that lead to insight and compassion, including methods designed for the workplace, like mindful emailing and mindful listening.  At work, these methods have been shown to enhance mental fitness and clarity, develop agile and adaptive mindsets, reduce stress responses, increase resilience, enhance creativity, develop greater self-awareness, enhance emotion regulation and mastery, develop better communication skills, increase engagement, develop greater emotional intelligence, and experience greater overall wellbeing.

About the teachers:

Mirabai Bush

A key contributor to Google’s Search Inside Yourself curriculum, Mirabai Bush has a unique background in organizational management, teaching, writing, and spiritual practice. She teaches contemplative practices and develops programs through the application of contemplative principles and values to organizational life.  She has taught mindfulness in many organizations, including AMEX, Hearst Publications, Google, and Fetzer Institute.  She is the co-author of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning; Working with Mindfulness CD, and co-author with Ram Dass of Compassion in Action.  Her spiritual teachers include Neemkaroli Baba; Shri S.N. Goenka, Anagarika Munindra, and IMS guiding teachers; and Tibetan Buddhist lamas Kalu Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Gelek Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and others. She has also practiced yoga for many years and studied  Aikido with Kanai Sensei.

Mirabai was also a founding board member of the Seva Foundation and a co-founder of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and served as Executive Director there until 2008. Under her direction, the Center developed its programs in education, law, business, and activism and its network of thousands of people integrating contemplative practice and perspective into their lives and work.

 

Gopi Kallayil

Gopi Kallayil is the Chief Evangelist of Google Social. Earlier he worked on marketing the Company’s flagship advertising product, AdWords, in the Americas and Asia Pacific. Gopi also led the marketing team for AdSense, Google’s publisher-facing product. Before joining Google, Gopi was on the management teams of two Silicon Valley venture-funded startups and a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He has also led large Information Technology projects for global corporations in India, China, and the US. Gopi earned his bachelors degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. He received his Masters in Business Administration degrees from the Indian Institute of Management and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, public speaker, global traveler, and Burning Man devotee. He hosts a TV channel on cable and YouTube called Change Makers. He founded and still leads a weekly yoga practice for Googlers called Yoglers. He has spoken many times at TEDx, Wanderlust, Wisdom 2.0, Yoga Journal conference, and Burning Man on how to live a life centered on yoga and wisdom traditions in the midst of a fast-paced career in hi-tech.

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