About the Workshop…and Subhan

Finding the Work You Love is about Finding Yourself! It is about finding your zest for life, your creativity and your gratitude for living. It’s about opening doors to a new quality of life for yourself! It’s about taking a good look at what you are doing with your life, and directing your intention to what makes your heart sing and come alive. Finding the Work You Love, Finding the Life You Love is built on experiences and processes that cater to the part of you that has had enough of what you don’t want, and supports finding what it is that you DO want! Isn’t it time to break through the barriers that stop you from finding satisfaction and joy in your life – both IN and OUT of work? If your answer is yes, then this weekend is for you.

This workshop helps you find answers to the issues you face through four inquiries:

* How can I discover what I enjoy…what fulfills me?

* How do I translate what I enjoy into real-life and marketplace opportunities?

* What are the obstacles that stop me from pursuing my ideas and dreams?

* And, how do I deal with these obstacles?

 What better time than NOW to begin the exploration

 that can help you get to where you want to be?!

Join us for this Adventure…the work and the life you want are waiting for you!

 “Remember…one small step at a time has produced every fulfilled dream in the world that once looked as impossible as yours.” Subhan

Subhan Schenker, the creator and facilitator of the Finding the Work You Love, Finding the Life You Love process,  left a law practice to follow his heart! He has been leading human potential programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America and throughout the U.S. for the last 35 years. He is the co-director of the World of Meditation Center in Seattle, is a certified career counselor in Washington State, and has been teaching life potential courses at North Seattle College for 15 years. He is also a certified meditation facilitator and a certified facilitator of the Awakening of Love process.

Here is how he created the Finding the Work You Love process:

In 1971, I was working for a law firm in Baltimore, Maryland. It got clear to me quickly, that the work I was doing was not what I had imagined it would be, and it was certainly not something I enjoyed. I kept thinking that it would get better, but after a year, it had only gotten more tedious and burdensome.

At this point in life, I took my first step to do work that I genuinely enjoyed. Being a lawyer, I looked around at the different possibilities in the profession that attracted me. What came up was…criminal law! I had genuinely enjoyed my law school studies in the field, and, during my days at the firm, I had handled several criminal cases, and had become the author of their criminal appellate briefs. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the research, forming the arguments, and doing the writing.

One day I found myself walking into the Public Defender’s office and had a pleasant meeting with the Deputy Public Defender. I wasn’t aware of the protocol of getting a job there, but I had graduated law school with honors, was a member of Law Review, and I was hell-bent on doing criminal law. To my surprise, I was offered a job!

For two years, I relished doing criminal trials. I did a huge amount of research and found that I could effectively help poor people in dealing with the criminal justice system. But after those two years, I saw some of the same clients coming back again…and again! I realized that I could do little to assist my clients outside of the courtroom. And the court scene began to depress me. No one wanted to be there: not the complaining witnesses, not the police, not even the court personnel, and certainly not the defendant or his or her family and friends.

It took me five years to extricate myself from a career that was going strictly downhill! But on April 1, 1979 (what an auspicious day!), after giving my office the requisite amount of notice, I left criminal law. I was 34 years old, and on that day, I got up, had breakfast, and did some chores around the house. Then I headed to the library, where I read the newspaper from front page to last. I also read several magazines. After a couple of hours, I realized that I was hungry, and I went to the local pizzeria, where I had a several slices of pizza. I savored the food and realized that I could take as long as I liked! It was a glorious feeling! I had the rest of my life in front of me, and because I had some money in the bank, I could take my time deciding what to do next with my life.

After allowing myself to be “on vacation” for six months, I found myself headed for India! I stayed there for three months and began to meditate every day. My meditation practice continued for months, then years, and now it is decades.

I did return to law for a few years, this time working for a non-profit meditation organization. I enjoyed the fact that I was able to assist them in the business of self-discovery!   After that, I decided to make real what had always been a dream of mine. I opened a Collectibles and Antique store. It was shaky financially at first, but it soon snowballed into a very successful business. I actually woke up most mornings with the feeling, “I can’t believe I’m doing what I love AND making a good living too.” I would open the store and never know what adventures awaited me. People came to the store wanting to buy – and sell – so many wonderful things.

After three years, it became clear to me that my dream had been fulfilled and that it was time to move on. I sold the business and went to India, where I began creating the course that is now known as “Finding the Work You Love, Finding the Life You Love.”

I continued to meditate and learned how to counsel people and facilitate workshops. I offered the course in India, primarily to foreigners there, but also to Indian corporate organizations. I subsequently took the workshop to Japan and then to Europe. And finally, in the late 1990’s, I returned to the U.S., opened a counseling practice in Seattle, Washington, and began offering the workshop there. I have been doing both workshops and classes in Continuing Education for the last fifteen years. In that time, the “Finding the Work You Love” process has grown and matured to its present state. Quite a few times I was requested to put the process and my experiences with it into book form. It wasn’t until recently that writing the book became the next step in my own work process. I am delighted to do this now, and I hope that you, the reader, will find it of value. I am very grateful that I have had so many opportunities to choose new careers in my life and I want to share with you my experiences, insights, understandings and epiphanies that I have been fortunate enough to have had in my work life.


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2 thoughts on “About the Workshop…and Subhan

  1. I am looking forward to meeting you Sunday & admire your chutzpah in pursuing your dreams. Few of us have that kind of courage. I’m 75 & still looking for new ways to enjoy & appreciate the time I have left on this earth.

  2. I’m 27. I practiced my meditation since the age of 19. Many difficulties along the way to my current age. Very difficult training. Sometimes at the monastery mostly at home. I have a very strong desire for creating art. It can be wordy or just color. I have this insanity for art. I want to attend your workshop. I live in Sammamish, neighboring your Seattle village. My friend is a lama from Eastern Tibet and we go crazy with nights out eating and overindulging Mongolian Hot Pot. I know some of Osho. He was one of my first inspirations on this road. But I do not know everything about his methods and realizations. I know very little, but I deeply respect the guts he had and the way he lived his truth. He was a true master, a Buddha. But I am sitting here doing Data Technician work. All I want to do is write stories and go crazy with my artistic vision. Unfortunately this is a difficult block to get through, but I am inching my way to your workshop as the days go by and look forward to meeting you for the direction that can help me pursue my lifelong ambition from childhood into my late teens. Artistic pursuits and relaxing with my life is the most important thing. The money is the problem. This block is headed nowhere. Emaho!

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