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An author from Richmond West is hoping her debut book will help readers break away from the drudgery of day to day life with a dose of introspection.
Suenita Maharaj recently released Rousing the Sleeping Giant: A powerful tale of bringing mindfulness to the workplace, a 109-page paperback inspired by her work as a workplace equity and diversity, human resources, and conflict management consultant.
Maharaj’s first published work tells the story of Ryan — a man handling his struggles at the office, at home, and his fears on autopilot — who unwittingly learns about mindfulness in some of the most absurd ways.
Maharaj, who has been practising mindfulness in her personal and professional life, said she’s seen many clients benefit from an acute awareness of being in the moment and focusing the mind on the present.
"It takes just a minute to move your headspace into the direction of mindfulness," she said. "Being an educator, I thought I’d really love to get this information out in some form because it could really change people’s lives; it certainly changed my life."
Maharaj has studied mindfulness extensively, attending the Chopra Centre for meditation and learning about the practise at Harvard University, and while it is based in Buddhist and Hindu teachings, Maharaj says it is not religious.
"You can be atheist and practise mindfulness very successfully," she said.
However, the resources Maharaj has come across in the past either prescribed a strict pathway to mindfulness or were considerably time consuming. Instead, she set out to show readers how to tailor simple mindfulness techniques to their lifestyle with an accessible narrative.
"I love to take things that are complex and put it into a palatable form that people can grasp," she explained.
"As we are being entertained by Ryan’s story, we’re also learning how to get to deal with that chaos and how to get that work-life balance.
"It gives (readers) an open door and puts the principles of mindfulness in such a way that it’s hard not to get it."
Though Maharaj’s story is a fictional one, she said her intention was not to write a literary work but rather provide a framework on how one can incorporate mindfulness into their routine by watching her character’s example.
"Ryan ruminates all the time, and we all do that. So you have an issue, you’re upset about something all day long, you’re not living in the present moment.
"People walk through their days on autopilot, not even realizing that they’re not living their days — they’re living their anger from the morning."
Rousing the Sleeping Giant: A powerful tale of bringing mindfulness to the workplace is available through McNally Robinson Booksellers or on Amazon.
Danielle Da Silva
Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.