The MettaWorks Method
If relationships are the paths that carry your influence,your interpersonal skills draw your map, and your authentic self becomes your compass. The MettaWorks Method teaches you how to cultivate all three by developing your emotional intelligence.
- Cultivating self-awareness, allows you to operate from a place of choice. Imagine your seemingly involuntary reactions and habits as something that you have control over where you can assess what serves you and cultivate only those that make you successful.
- Mastering your nervous system, transforms it into a valuable partner in your success. Imagine being able to interact with people and focus on your work without overwhelming feelings of anxiety or anger.
- Regulating and appropriately expressing emotions to better influence and lead effectively. Think of calmly voicing your concerns rather than blowing up at a colleague (the result of being overstimulated and reactive).
- Mapping how you wish to contribute as a proactive, authentic leader. Dream into your big vision, your legacy—and then make it happen.
The MettaWorks Team
The Meaning of Metta
Metta is from the Pali word that translates to Loving Kindness.
We take our name to heart.
MettaWorks donates 10% of its profits to organizations dedicated to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings, a premise fundamental to Zen Buddhism.
Zen Mountain Monastery offers spiritual seekers a rare refuge to engage the Buddhist teachings through Zen training, cultivating compassion for themselves and the world around them. They have committed to racial justice and diversity.
The Tsoknyi Humanitarian Foundation allows for the continuance of an ancient wisdom tradition, increasing opportunities for women to pursue education and training as nuns. (Obstacles to practice and survival persist, driving nuns from Tibet into more accommodating countries such as Nepal.)
The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls, where resources and initiatives are collaborative and prioritize opportunity, access, validation and healing.
Here’s what we stand for…
- Racial equality and anti-discrimination for their own sake are paramount to a successful future.
- Successful relationships are key to the next level of success
- Every person is resourceful and whole. (No one is broken or needs to be fixed.)
- The work of MettaWorks is to remove roadblocks, increasing access to wholeness.
- Emotions feel overwhelming when we don’t trust our own capacity to hold them.
- Self-regulation includes feeling; life naturally ebbs and flows, and our emotions with it. Self-regulation means trusting that we can navigate those ebbs and flows, and even enjoy them.
- Thoughts aren’t always true—or set in stone. Knowing and trusting that fact opens the possibility for deep change.
- Curiosity without judgment is one of the tools that cuts through stuckness.
- By leveraging the nervous system, people have access to tools—superpowers, really—that we can use to overcome our blind spots and as a result. We gain clarity we didn’t realize we had.
- We can better navigate and regulate seemingly involuntary responses. Past experiences may get us stuck in certain places, but it is possible to get unstuck. (At MettaWorks, we show you how.)
- There’s a Buddhist teaching: if we treat emotions as information, they become powerful tools. They don’t have to overcome us; they can inform us.
- The closer we get to who we are, the more aligned our voice is with what we believe, the more successful we are, and the better we feel.
- When there’s alignment between head, heart, and spirit, we are powerful beyond measure.
- There’s a Buddhist teaching that when we come together as a community, we rub against each other and become smooth, like stones in a river. (It’s a gift when we come in contact with friction because the friction is our opportunity to improve).
- Being in community is vital to being a powerful leader.
- Community validates our experience. We see our experience reflected back to us as shared, normal. Community also opens one’s world up and fosters new perspectives. It’s both of those things.
- Innovation happens in community. All perspectives are valid and should be represented.
- Diversity is just smart. You don’t want everyone in the room or on your team to be “like-minded,” because then you have a blind spot.
- Community and diversity, together, not only normalize our own experiences; they also inspire. They push us to be more, and take us outside our box. They expand our worldview.