Why Must We Compartmentalize Spirituality & Business?
Spiritual is defined as of, relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
My question is why are we programmed to think that our soul needs to stay out of business?
Sure, if a business is just about focusing on physical things, then I can see it.
However, I know very few people that thrive in business with a sole focus on just physical things.
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Spirituality is the state of being spiritual a broad concept with room for many perspectives.
In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life.
As such, it is a universal human experience—something that touches us all.
I notice a common yet outdated belief in our society that It is okay to be spiritual and broke.
It is okay to be an ambitious business person with money. It is generally not okay to be an ambitious spiritual person running a business.
What is threatening about this?
We all need money to pay for our needs. Spirituality breeds abundance which includes money.
Doing business from a place of abundance creates abundance for everyone involved.
In addition, a business with soul will do more service for the whole than a business without a sense of soul at all.
Isn’t the real threat a fear of greed and fear of loss? Aren’t there greedy people in all professions and social classes?
The way I see it, greed is a choice.
It is not the definition of a spiritual person that works hard in business and achieves great wealth.
Was that hard to hear? I noticed a little resistance inside myself while writing this.
Many of us have a belief deep down, that we must suffer to be spiritual.
It must be hard for us to deserve material wealth. We believe that God does not want us to be wealthy.
Is it possible that God is in everything, including money?
Is it possible that we are worthy of an easy and happy life that is full of abundance?
I believe that we are all multidimensional and we are here to become exceptional, whole individuals.
We will have different paths but the end goal is the same.
Some of us may move at a slower pace but we are all getting to the same place.
Maybe it is time to acknowledge that we are already worthy of all good things coming to us.
Maybe we can stop compartmentalizing and accept all of our many levels of the whole self.
Let’s talk about the Whole Self.
Dimensions of the Whole Self
When we see the world from only one of these dimensions, we can easily get trapped.
We can close ourselves off from looking at the world from any other view.
These are meant to work together rather than separate. They naturally crossover when we are balanced.
We have no issue with mental crossing over into occupational or social.
We have no issue with physical crossing over into mental or occupational.
However, if too much emotional crosses over into occupational, we can get uncomfortable.
There is definitely a resistance to spiritual crossing into occupational or even social.
Then, there are spiritual people that resist mental crossing over.
You get the point. Our social programming has trained us to judge certain dimensions in certain situations.
When we exclude one dimension, we can become closed minded toward ultimate truth.
This is where we get caught in heated debates over religion and politics, among others.
We forget we are all connected and headed to the same place, regardless of our color, social class, religion, political beliefs,or any beliefs for that matter.
When we stop compartmentalizing, our eyes open to the broader perspective of truth in all situations.
Truth is Universal. It is always present as long as we are open to seeing it.
Alignment is the result when we stop compartmentalizing aspects of the self.
When we stop making one dimension more important than another, we see that they all build on one another to strengthen us.
When we allow all aspects to be nurtured, balance happens which is key to living a fulfilled life.
Living in Impeccability
Living in impeccability to me means my words, thoughts, emotions, and actions are the same or in alignment.
In the best-selling book, The Four Agreements don Miguel Ruiz gives four principles to practice to bring love and happiness in all areas of your life.
I believe these are especially essential in business.
The Four Agreements are:
1. Be Impeccable with your Word
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best
Wouldn’t you like to do business with someone practicing these principles? I would.
On our Path of Destiny
When we are able to live in balance, without compartmentalization, we naturally find our path of destiny.
We are able to live our purpose and earn a living doing it. It is a byproduct of our we are being.
We stop judging how things ‘should’ be and start being happy and fulfilled.
Don’t we all want to do what we love and get paid to do it?
Don’t we all want to earn enough to live a comfortable and abundant life?
Thank you for reading. I hope this has been helpful.
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