Common experience tells us that our working lives produce mental states that
are far from mindful. Researchers and theorists have long criticized dominant
managerial practices for their negative impact on individual well-being. Contemplative practices stemming from religious and philosophical traditions have provided individuals interpretive frameworks to attain empowerment and mindfulness in the midst of social and occupational structures that are hierarchical and rigid. We present Karma-Yoga as a framework that can be adapted to modern work environments in order to manage stressors and produce more mindful mental states. We will also provide results of case studies and field application of Karma-Yoga practices to various high-stress occupations. Active participation is encouraged as we discuss challenges in implementing these practices that often conflict with long-standing managerial theory and practice. A short exercise is included to assess applicability of Karma-Yoga practices to the work environments of audience participants.

Woodrie Burich

The Integration Group

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Rashmi Prasad

University of Alaska, Anchorage

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