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Spirituality and the JOB




Spirituality is a broad concept with many perspectives. In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves.

What do experts say about spirituality?

According to Christina Puchalski, MD, Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, (Krentzman, 2016) "Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred."
According to Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary, researchers and authors of The Spiritual Brain  (Krentzman, 2016) “Spirituality means any experience that is thought to bring the experiencer into contact with the divine (in other words, not just any experience that feels meaningful).”
According to Nurses Ruth Beckmann Murray and Judith Proctor Zenter  (Krentzman, 2016) “The spiritual dimension tries to be in harmony with the universe, and strives for answers about the infinite, and comes into focus when the person faces emotional stress, physical illness, or death.”

So, what is spirituality at your job?

For most of the people "JOB" is what they do to pay their bills. They are uninspired to do the job. But the job is a huge part of our lives, and it is also a part of our spiritual journey. It is how we express our purpose and passion.

 Spirituality in the workplace is about individuals and organisations seeing work as a spiritual path, as an opportunity to grow and to contribute to society in a meaningful way. (Srivastava, 2018)

Today, more people are finding inspiration and fulfilment in their jobs by bringing their spirituality into the workplace.

“78% of Americans feel a need to experience spiritual growth –and half of them say  they openly talk about spiritual needs at work”
 (As Cited in Fortune Magazine, Carroll, 2012)

Even if you dislike or hate your job, try to find your passion. Whenever you discover your passion try to combine your passions with your current job.

i.e. If you love social media, you could support your  employer with their social media presence

Explore your passions and build your experience and try to integrate your passion with your job. And if your passion is totally different and if it's impossible to align with your current job, search for a job which is more aligned with your passion and your vision. Whenever you find the job which can be easily aligned with your passion and the vision it will be easy for you to align spirituality to your job. Also, it’ll make you feel that you are empowered.

Since most of us have to work, why don't you make your work life amazing by aligning the spirituality with your job? 


References


Carroll, M., 2012. HUFFPOST. [Online]
Available at: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/4-spiritual-approaches-shaping-the-workplace_b_2286871
[Accessed 09 May 2019].
Krentzman, D. R., 2016. Taking Charge and the Health of your wellbeing. [Online]
Available at: https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/what-spirituality
[Accessed 12 May 2019].
Srivastava, R., 2018. HR ZONE. [Online]
Available at: https://www.hrzone.com/lead/culture/spiritual-wellbeing-at-work-how-to-do-it-right
[Accessed 09 May 2019].




Comments

  1. Thank you for bringing up a new dimension of HRM for discussion

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  2. I totally agree with your article, spirituality come with employees quality engagement with their profession, if you have a quality engagement thats mean spirituality connected with your job in other words that’s your passion, to have a spirituality in a profession leadership also plays a vital role.

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    1. Thank you very much for the comment!

      I do agree with that.

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  3. Good article Tharindu. One of the important aspect of the employee and employer relation. Once the employee is spiritually connected organization benefits in many ways.

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