I read the following article, written by Jane Fuller, on spirituality and business and would love to know your response….
I am always interested in businesses who want to use my spiritual process for development of their people; therefore it is good to hear the power of spiritual advancement is getting out there…
It will be good to hear from you about this…
‘At the root of our secular age is the fatal error that has led us to regard organized religion and the spiritual truth that man embodies as one and the same thing. This has caused millions to deny the reality of the latter because they have rejected the former. The impulse to know ourselves – which, after all, is a key component of spiritual seeking – is as deeply imprinted within us as our instincts for survival, sex and power.’ – Arianna Huffington
Apologies for not being in contact sooner however, I’ve been researching the above title “Spirituality in Business” and I am slightly overwhelmed with the amount of material I have garnered. I have travelled to New York and spoken with Chairmen and CEO’s; taken workshops with Hay House and The School of Life and in the process met Ryan Holiday (whose book ‘The Obstacle is the Way” I can highly recommend) and the wonderful Arianna Huffington who needs no introduction. Her book Thrive is a best seller about the Third Metric on redefining success and creating a happier life. She believes we need to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world by showing the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging and giving – everything I’ve been talking about in earlier blogs. Arianna shows the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces and our lives. She understands it takes time to be human. I believe your mindset can limit your success in business – so not only is a spiritual practice smart but it’s essential too. Can this please be taught in schools from a young age – it starts with education.
Before I started writing my first blog nearly 2 years ago – I talked to a number of business people whose view I respected, about wanting to bring spirituality into business. I was told by most of them that the corporates wouldn’t like it and it was best I didn’t mention the word ‘spiritual’. Well never being one to shy away I explained ‘that’s exactly why they need to listen”. We were still in the depths of the recent deepest darkest financial crisis and I believe that one of the major factors in the failing global economy was a lack of values in the corporate and banking world. They’d lost their way – money, greed and power had taken over. That doesn’t make them bad people just bad behaviours. I think the movie ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ – a true story about corruption in Wall Street in the 1990’s before the recent financial crisis – best exemplifies this madness! Money and power was the only way to go and in the process don’t think too much about ethics and values because no-one else is and of course there isn’t the time. Greed was still good.
I think many people felt disillusioned with that culture and mindset and began to look for a deeper connection within themselves and their lives. I believe it was during those dark days that people generally began questioning and searching for a new way of living and working with a yearning for some degree of spiritual connection. And it’s not just a certain demographic but the top tier of the corporate world who are dipping a toe into the spiritual waters – which means if they are then they’ll want their businesses to reflect these values too. Erin Knowles who is a lifestyle curator for UHNW individuals says “The true elite are seeking enlightenment to fill the third metric of their lives. My clients are starting to look within – they have partied hard, shopped hard and now they’re exploring their inner health and spirituality. Because there’s no point in having lots of money if you’re not happy.” I could feel the tide change with friends in business a few years ago and it’s not just here in London but it’s taking place on a global scale in New York at Goldman Sachs and HSBC to individual billionaires and people in their 20’s and 30’s upwards. They are looking for more meaning in their lives and business.
This does not mean we cannot enjoy consumerism – when you buy a new dress, you’re buying into a beautiful piece of energy. This means I can enjoy that experience as much as a ‘reiki’ session with Dr. Susie Anthony – which I can highly recommend – but how many dresses and Chanel bags does a girl need? Psychological research shows that a core element to leading a happy life is to spend part of your time thinking about ideas or purposes that are bigger than you are. It’s about perspective……..
Not all industries are this evolved though – when I was running my own film production company the mantra in my industry at the time was ‘we’re 24/7 here’ and everyone was expected to be available 24/7. This evidently has not changed at all since I left the industry and I believe it is deeply unhealthy. I wanted out over a decade ago and redefined my life and my view on success. Life isn’t about power and money – although it helps – it’s about so much more. I refer to my blog of January 2013 – ‘Meaning is the new money’. After decades of pursuing riches, wealth seems less alluring and meaning has become the new money………. People are realising that something is missing – to coin that wonderful song title phrase by Peggy Lee “Is that all there is?” echos in my ears……..
Modern spirituality is centred on the deepest values and meanings by which people live. I am not religious but I’m spiritual and I want to acknowledge the importance of this in my life and it appears that many other people and their businesses do too. In fact you can be even more successful with this way of thinking and working so the economies can only flourish! Just imagine the spirit of your brand………
PS They used to say that politics and spirituality don’t mix but Marianne Williamson – another fabulous spiritual leader – is running for Congress in District 33 of California. If I could vote for her I would but another acknowledgement that the world is changing and spirituality is being recognised as an important and political factor in peoples lives
PPS Can I recommend The School of Life website for The Philosopher’s Mail Another site that embraces spirituality and an antidote to The Daily Mail……….
PPS Arianna has personally asked me to be a voice on the Huffington Post – I’m chuffed and honoured
Have a great week!
‘This life is too short for our souls’ – Goethe