‘nature to creating consciousness space...’
Lina Bil (Karolina Gracjana Bil) was born in Krakow, Poland. She grew up in Niepolomice, a small historical town just 20km outside of the beautiful old capital with a population of approximately 12,500. The XII century king Casmimir III of Poland decided to build smaller replicas of the royal castle, church, and city square in the middle of the forest to serve as his hunting residence. Over time, the community surrounding the castle grew to what it is today.
Lina’s parents were successful entrepreneurs in the clothing manufacturing and distribution industry with special government permits to conduct international business affairs even during the time when borders were officially closed as per the Soviet agenda. Unfortunately, Lina’s dad passed away unexpectedly when she was very young, leading to a series of tragic events that eventually led the family to consider oasis in Canada.
Immigrating to Edmonton, Canada brought another set of challenges, mostly to do with acclimatization to a new language, culture shock, and severe winter weather conditions. Lina’s way of coping with feeling lost in translation included developing a keen interest in philosophy and meditation as a young teenager. One day, she lit a candle with a clear intention to discover ‘the truth and the light’ behind often limiting cultural conditioning.
Shortly after, Lina accidentally came across a book by Sanaya Roman entitled Spiritual Growth - Being Your Higher Self, which at a glance seemed to be addressing many of the questions she was searching an answer to. This chance encounter with a book has opened the doors to a lifetime of meditation practice under the affiliated Awakening Your Light Body method developed by Orin and DaBen (for more information visit www.orindaben.com).
After graduating from High School, Lina moved to Vancouver to complete her Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). During her studies, Lina became interested in positive psychology and leadership development, which led her to a Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Vancouver Career College (VCC).
Lina started her professional career as a Recruitment Consultant and quickly branched out into the field of Human Resources to complete her Certified Human Resources Professional (CPHR) in Canada and a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP) in the United States.
Today, Lina is a strategic organizational wellness and change management leader, bringing the newest people and culture and organizational psychology trends, best practices, and research to support clients in achieving positive workplace cultures. Over a decade of experience creating successful talent management and development programs.
Lina is adept at proactively identifying ways to add value to clients, trusted advisor to leadership teams, business units and employees. She is a strategy architect in developing innovative people and culture and organizational wellness initiatives to streamline processes and capitalize on organizational growth opportunities. A creative and analytical thinker with the ability to effectively balance business objectives and employee relations issues. Strong communication, interpersonal relations, mentoring, negotiation, and organizational skills.
In 2019, Lina took an interdisciplinary approach in her MBA Applied Project integrating the findings of neuroscience and neuroleadership, human capital movement, social and industrial psychology, and eastern esoteric traditions; to expand our understanding of the potential benefits of mindfulness training on work performance.
At the end of that project, Lina realized that in order to effectively teach Mindful Leadership to her corporate clients, she needs to fully embody mindfulness. Towards the end of 2019, Lina begun developing her mindfulness and yoga practice with Rameen Peyrow at the SATTVA School of Yoga (now known as the Science of Self www.scienceofself.com).
This deeper exploration of the eastern esoteric traditions led to many meaningful new connections including Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe, the Spiritual Director of Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society - Alberta Centre for Peace and Meditation (www.gsl-ab.ca) and Khentrul Rinpoche, Master of Kalachakra Tantra as taught in the Jonang-Shambhala Tradition (www.khentrulrinpoche.com and www.dzokden.org). The Jonang lineage, thought to be extinct until recently by many Western scholars, holds the most advanced teachings of Kalachakra (the Wheel of Time) containing profound methods to harmonize our external environment with the inner world of body and enlightened mind.
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, an empowerment is a ritual that is performed as a means to initiate practitioners into meditating with a symbolic representation of one’s enlightened potential. Typically, these types of ceremonies are highly secretive, but HH the Dalai Lama XIV started the traditions of giving Kalachakra empowerments publicly in order to strengthen the karmic connections with the kingdom of Shambhala and the prophecies for world peace (https://www.dalailama.com/teachings/kalachakra-initiations). For this reason, both the general public and dedicated practitioners are given equal opportunity to receive the empowerment, some for practice and some for the blessings it bestows on their minds.
Lina has received the Kalachakra empowerment from Khentrul Rinpoche in the summer of 2020 and continues to make this her daily practice. This has informed Lina’s professional endeavors working with organizations, as the ancient stories of Shambhala offer a blueprint for effective leadership philosophy and building blocks for an enlightened society. All our work here is deeply guided by these principles of mindfulness, compassion, and selflessness.
Lina graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Athabasca University in the early of spring 2021. Her research on Mindful Leadership has now evolved into a multi-tiered training program offered to individuals and organizations by the Snow Lotus - Institute for Mindfulness and Meditation.