The Restless Spirit
Seven Silent Spiritual Practices in the Workplace
The practical application of universal spiritual practices by individuals in the workplace is a growing trend. Google teaches meditation techniques to 30,000 employees on an optional basis. The company also provides space in its facilities where employees can meditate. Note the rapid success of Google: great products and services, an excellent place to work, and strong profits.
Benefits from individuals who use their own spiritual practices in their jobs and work include:
Increase in spiritually based values such as trust, respect, inclusion, collaboration, and compassion
Seven silent spiritual practices include meditation, prayer, reading, journaling, self-assessment, lightheartedness, and generosity. Anyone can utilize these almost anytime in our workplace. They can be, brief, unobtrusive, yet highly effective for the individual and the organization.
There are many ways to meditate in the workplace. Generally, it is being quiet for a few moments with our eyes closed, focusing on our breathing, and relaxing. If disruptive thoughts occur, we just allow them to pass by gently. Even if brief, this process is amazingly beneficial. Longer times might be possible during breaks in the workday, before starting work, and after work ends. St. Francis de Sales: "If you are too busy to meditate for a short time, then meditating for a longer time is essential."
Nothing prevents us from saying a brief, silent prayer while we are working. A silent "blessing" is a little prayer that means "confer good upon." Blessing anyone, anything, or any situation is powerful – for others and for us. Alfred Lord Tennyson: "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of."
We can keep some spiritual text in our desk, briefcase, or pocket. Taking a few moments to silently read and reflect can be uplifting, particularly in a stressful workday. Some do this before they begin working or during a break. A moment of quiet spiritual reading at her desk began each day for a friend who enjoyed a long career with Boeing.
Keeping a small notebook with us to jot workday mementos is a practice for many, including notes about people and things we are grateful for in our jobs. This greatly helps to avoid the negative and instead to focus on the positive aspects of our work. James Boswell: "A page of my journal is like condensed soup. A little may be diffused into a considerable portion."
After each workday, we can examine our actions and note them in our journal. What were our behavioral "assets" and "liabilities?" Where can we improve? Reflecting about these notes can help us maintain good spiritual balance. Fernando Flores: "I made my own assessment of my life, and I began to live it. That was freedom."
Actively expressing our inner spiritual nature with joy, delight, and happiness uplifts others in a positive work environment. While not always silent, humor adds to this lightness. Herb Kelleher, founder of successful Southwest Airlines, promoted humor with his employees. They create a fun atmosphere, including on their flights.
Giving to others is rewarding for everyone. It adds an attracting, bonding quality to the organization. Target Corporation annually gives 5% of its net profits to global humanitarian causes. Customers, employees, and communities love this very successful company.
A little bit goes a long way when we consciously practice one or more of these Seven Silent Spiritual Practices in our daily work. The positive evidence is growing in our world of work and business.
(Note: This article is an excerpt from Tom Zender’s book, God Goes to Work, published by John Wiley & Sons. Available in e-book and paper formats from Amazon.com and other booksellers.)
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