I think the term ‘spiritual business’ is going to become more and more acceptable, too – it might take another twenty of thirty years, but especially in the light of so much evidence of corruption in recent years, the credit crunch and the disillusionment with banks and the banking system, something has got to change.
At the moment, people in the mainstream world may think about the term ‘spiritual business as ‘massage’ used to be thought about – associating it with ‘woo-woo’, ‘New Age’ or ‘wishy-washy Law of Attraction thinking’. But I think it is far, far more than this.
Firstly, what is spirituality? The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as:
relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
If you are someone who considers your life is contributed to by the presence of spirit or soul, or you would like it to be, then you are open to being able to bring spirituality into your business. You quite possibly already do, if for example, you are someone who consciously values walking in nature and appreciating the wondrous experience possible there, and then you return to your work, fulfilled by what nature has given you, which then infuses the work you do. This could easily mean you have a spiritual business. But not if your business is drug trafficking, or something else that is damaging to others, or the world!
So perhaps one definition of a spiritual business could be where you find meaning in your work, which contributes to the world in and of itself, so that greater good and wisdom is expanded throughout the world.
I would love to hear from you what your ideas are about spirituality in business, or indeed what you think a spiritual business is.
To spark off some ideas in you, look down this list and see how many sentences apply to you. I’ve put them together as some suggestions as to what might define a spiritual business. Then do please post below on the website your own thoughts!
A spiritual business is one where:
• Integrity in business dealings is uppermost
• You work to see the good in all things, no matter how disastrous they appear to be
• Your personal spiritual journey is reflected in your business
• You are doing something you love doing and has meaning for you
• Your business is actively contributing to making the world a better place
• You work, or aspire to work, within the context of being held by a power greater than you, regardless of definition
• You regularly take time to connect with your heart to bring that dimension into your business
• You take an attitude of responsibility to whatever happens, rather than blame
• You endeavour to find the balance between being in stillness and taking action
• You like to hold yourself and your team in the light, whether you mention it to them or not!
• You like to begin meetings with silence and an invitation to team members to check out how they are within
• You acknowledge the existence of angels, guides, unseen realms that can help
• You appreciate your intuition and try to act on it if appropriate
• You conduct yourself in an ethical manner
• Your own and your team’ s fulfilment is at least as important as your profit
• Profit is accepted as a healthy sign of a good business
• Your business development and spiritual growth are part and parcel of the same thing