Business and Spirituality

Since spirituality is part of life, it is therefore part of business.

But first it would help to talk about what we mean by spirituality.

Number one, we are not talking about religion. Rather, our spirituality is a layer of our nature. The four layers are: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

The spiritual layer of our nature is about such important questions as:
- Identity (Who am I?)
- Purpose (Why am I here?)
- Meaning (What does my life mean?)
- Imagination (What are the possibilities?)
- Gifts (What are my strengths and talents?)
- Stewardship (How can I make this world a better place because I was here?)

And this dimension of spirituality is quickly becoming a major issue around the world as people are questioning the decisions and actions of leaders. For example:

- Is war the only way to settle differences?
- Can we not channel our intelligence and energies into waging peace?
- Aren't we smart enough to solve issues like hunger and poverty?

Can you see how these questions would relate to business?

Every business person has these questions. And every business itself has these questions.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Oct 14, 2007


Evolving Ideas said…
Couldn't agree with you more Terry. Businesses can't live in isolation- in order to thrive they need trusting social environments, a strong ecosystem, and stability of resource production, at the very least.

And for any of this to be a reality, we need to look beyond ourselves, our organizations need to look beyond themselves- nothing better than spirituality to facilitate that!
Terrence Seamon said…
"Looking beyond ourselves" is indeed part of the spiritual outlook, Astha.

Nice to see you stopping by again.

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