‘Playful monk’ has FIFO philosophy

Venerable Amaranatho believes the FIFO lifestyle is not conducive to happiness.
Venerable Amaranatho believes the FIFO lifestyle is not conducive to happiness.

The Dianella based monk said FIFO professions were not conducive to a healthy lifestyle and put stress on families.

Amaranatho has developed an eight-week course on how to deal with the stresses and inconsistencies of a FIFO lifestyle.

‘With parenting, (FIFO) is not a great model, and I understand this is what we’ve got right now so, how can I best support people?’ Amaranatho said.

‘By understanding how stress affects families and trying to work with that, you can support a culture and a society that at least works with that.’

Dubbed ‘the playful monk,’ Amaranatho said there were misconceptions surrounding playfulness and productivity and stressed the importance of learning through play.

‘Play is the optimum way we learn, this is misunderstood, we can say playful as in joking but it has a serious sort of underpinning which is the optimum way we learn,’ he said.

The Buddhist monk said there were several techniques men and women could develop to deal with stress.

‘We have within ourselves that freedom, it’s there for anyone, it’s not special, it’s not related to monks or nuns or religious or non-religious people.’

Discussing FIFO culture and training, Amaranatho said the ‘toughen up’ mentality would only lead workers to distance themselves from their superiors.

‘There’s no studies that show that that works, there’s no leadership style, no management style that says that that works, that’s based on fear and that means you’re going to pull away,’ he said.

‘We go to a gold mine, look for outside things that make us happy but what about finding the gold within ourselves?’

A link to the Mining for Gold course can be found at playfulmonk.net.