Spirit at Work

This is a great time of year to remember we are spiritual beings… having a work experience. How do we connect our spirituality with our work? A couple things come to mind. First of all, it means you look for the best in yourself and others. Am I looking for the best in me? Am I looking for the best in other people?

Being spiritual is about kindness. When you’re running 75 miles per hour, however, sometimes it’s hard to be kind; whether it’s to the people you work with, manage, live with, or even yourself. Would you describe how you’ve been relating to people as “loving kindness”?

Being spiritual is about compassion. It’s about feeling for the other person. Which of course is difficult when you run 75 mph and don’t show this compassion for yourself.

Being spiritual is about serving. The concept of servant leadership was born from a statement by Jesus “Anybody who wants to be the greatest among you should serve others.” Few carry this mantle. Unfortunately, we tend to focus on taking care of ourselves far more than serving others.

Spirituality is also about recognizing the miracle that is every one of us. As Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

We can find spirituality in our work no matter what we’re doing, whether we’re washing dishes or advising in the boardroom. Spirituality is more about who we are than what we do. What can you do to find the good, be kind, be compassionate, and remember that you and the people around you are all miracles!