51 minutes | Apr 10th 2019

Modern Community with Lola Wright

The way we gather is changing. The number of traditional faith communities continues to decline as we move into a post-religious society. The question becomes, where will we go for support when we really need it? How do we create a new kind of community that transcends religious dogma and cultivates consciousness, curiosity and connection? And is it possible to build that kind of community in the workplace?   Today, we’re joined by Lola Wright, the CEO and Spiritual Director of Chicago’s Bodhi Center, a community devoted to awakening individuals to live their inherent power and purpose. Known as a fierce and loving leader, Lola serves as a lightning rod for individual transformation in service of collective awakening. She is also the founder of Normal White People, a forum created to deconstruct racism among white-identified people, a member of the Chicago Brain Trust, and a featured speaker at TEDxChicago 2019. Lola begins by sharing her take on what community looks like in modern society. She describes the intention behind the Bodhi Center, explaining how its philosophy of Oneness differentiates the center from traditional spiritual communities. Lola also discusses the role of conversations that matter and enduring commitment in creating true community and invites us to examine whether our lived experience aligns with our declared values. Listen in for Lola’s insight on creating a work environment where the whole human is welcome and learn why curiosity is essential in overcoming polarization and embracing diverse perspectives. Themes explored in this week’s episode: Lola’s take on what community looks like in a post-religious society The unwillingness of traditional faith communities to evolve with mainstage societal issues The intention behind Bodhi and how its philosophy of Oneness differentiates it from traditional spiritual communities Why Lola sees conversations that matter as a defining element of community The connection between a transactional society and immaturity around the commitment it takes for community to exist Lola’s invitation to examine whether your lived experience aligns with your declared values The value in creating a work environment where the whole human is welcome Lola’s five core feeling states and how resistance causes negative feelings to grow Lola’s advice on getting to know yourself through daily journaling and the presencing technique The danger in outsourcing your security, approval and control Why curiosity is essential in navigating diverse perspectives Resources from this episode: Connect with Lola at lolawright.com Follow @lolapwright on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook Follow @BodhiChicago on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook Learn more about Lola’s program Normal White People Explore the work of Audre Lorde, Eckhart Tolle and KRS-ONE Learn more about Stacey Gibson’s Transform the Collective Practice self-discovery with Julia Cameron and Brené Brown We would love to hear from you! Have an idea for a podcast or a question you want us to address? Interested in additional support, resources and workshops? Here are all the ways you can interact with us! Tweet us! @tegantrovato and @TeamAwesomeMKE Email us: tegan@BrightArrowCoaching.com and Katie@TeamAwesomeCoaching.com Follow us on Facebook @BrightArrowCoaching and @TeamAwesomeCoaching Follow us on Instagram @TeganTrovato and @katie_rasoul Connect with us on LinkedIn: Tegan Trovato and Katie Rasoul Download free tools and sign up for our newsletters, events and workshops by visiting: https://www.brightarrowcoaching.com/ and https://www.teamawesomecoaching.com/
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