Spirituality is a term used to describe (common language) our search for transcendence. Recent years an increasing focus on human living a meaningful life, not only as a private person but also as workers in the knowledge age. The western world long ago moved up from the lower needs of Maslow’s hierarchy (the basic needs as food, water-safety, shelter and protection from animals, cold weather etc.) In the northern countries, most people take the basic needs for granted, and have moved a few steps up in Maslow’s hierarchy of basic needs and increasingly search for a higher meaning, self-actualisation (realisation) and happiness. Spirituality is not one thing. It includes a source of meaning or aim beyond the self-contains a sense of mystery and self-transcendence. Secondly, a way of understanding the message or its contents, developing awareness and finally, integration of those values on a personal level.
The solutions finding meaning in life or seeking happiness includes paying less attention to the outer world and more exploring the inner self. The search inwards most effective tool besides drugs is meditation. There are only two forms of meditation, according to Buddha: Shamata and Vipassana. Shamata (in Tibetan shi-né, shi means peace or peaceful and né means rest or stay peaceful, mostly known as mindfulness). The main aim of Buddhist Meditation is to purify the mind of all negative tendencies—such as greed, anger, and delusion, through mind control and secondly gain insight.
Spirituality is the search for meaning
Spirituality is not religious notions, defined as the search for connectedness and meaning. Spirituality is an innate and universal search for transcendental meaning in life. Albert Einstein said “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile” Spirituality involves the desire to do purposeful work that serves others and to be part of a principled community. It consists of the yearning for connectedness and wholeness that manifested when one can integrate his or her inner life with one’s professional role in the service of a greater good
Spirituality in the business world
The business world focuses on performance and innovation exclusively through rational understanding, therefore missing the spiritual parameter. This view overlooks the reality of people, the precious resource for the spiritual power of change. Inspiration is an excellent capacity for excellent business performance, not understood through rational concepts. The very soul of understanding business needs systems of organisational spirituality.
- At the level of doing
- At the level of interaction
- At the level of being
To respond to the spiritual needs of employees and allow them to be successful, leaders and managers must embrace the principles of the business spirituality paradigm. They could operate under the assumptions and values of consciousness, collaboration, inner orientation and the like. They should lead ‘from the heart’. An organisation should as cooperation between people as spiritual beings. Insight into the deeper meaning and drives of people can inspire creative renewal. See also Gross National Happiness (GNH)
Happiness and Meditation Series
- Happiness comes from harmony; not money or fame
- Happiness comes when we manage to escape our desire
- Real happiness comes from within, don’t seek outside
Sources and useful information
- Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality by James M. Nelson. Springer + Business Media, LLC 2009