Studies show that we have an average of 6,000 thoughts per day. That’s approximately 6.5 thoughts per minute. Thanks to the Negativity Bias, some estimate that up to 80% of these thoughts are negative in nature, and up to 95% of them are repetitive. What if you could identify your stressful thoughts and question them? What if you could stop them by writing them down, asking four questions, and turning them around?Byron Katie, author of The Work, discovered that when she believed her thoughts, she suffered. Katie developed a simple yet powerful method of inquiry called The Work, to identify and question the thoughts that cause all the stress in your life. In her words, “Suffering is optional.”
In 2001, during a tumultuous period of intense personal challenge, Joan Abrams discovered The Work at a weekend intensive with Byron Katie. She recalls, “I was at a breaking point when I found the Work and it gave me back my life.” Since then, she has attended four Schools for the Work and many weekend intensives. She is a certified facilitator of The Work and has worked with people from around the globe.
Joan Abrams will be bringing this meditative process to the WEST community on September 28, 2023. The workshop will introduce the process and guide participants through the foundational “Four Questions and the Turnarounds.” “Doing The Work only requires an open mind and a willingness to question your beliefs,” says Abrams. “The Work is all about self-discovery.”
The workshop is designed to provide a supportive environment to relax, close your eyes, and wait for a stressful thought to arise. You will be guided to fill in the judge-your-neighbor worksheet using short, simple sentences, grounded in the situation. Once you have captured your thoughts on paper, you will be guided through the four questions and turnarounds. The Work is a meditative process and you don’t have to be a meditator to use it.
Join WEST and Joan Abrams on September 28, 2023 from 6:00-7:30 PM ET with an open mind to do The Work and learn how to find peace through stress.