How to Feel Spiritually Connected to Your Job
Linking your spiritual beliefs to the work you do makes it easier to see the value of your chosen career. Here are some tips and suggestions on how to feel more spiritually connected to your job so that you can experience greater joy and satisfaction even when you are on the clock.
Aligning your faith with what you do for a living can help reduce job-related stress.
Do you often feel stuck at work? Bored? Restless? Unsure of whether your work is serving a meaningful purpose? Many of us spend upwards of 40 to 80 hours per week at work. That's a significant part of your life! But making a connection between the work you do and your spiritual beliefs and values may help reduce feelings of on the job dissatisfaction.
Many people think bringing their spiritual ideas to work is not a good idea. What if your beliefs are laughed at? What if you offend someone? What if your spiritual self—that part of you that is more patient, kind and forgiving—gets trampled on by a co-worker. Indeed, being open about your spiritual beliefs and values at work can sometimes make you feel vulnerable.
But there are many benefits to bringing a spiritual dimension to your work. People who strive to live a spiritual life tend to have an abundance mentality, rather than a scarcity mentality. They know there is “enough” for everyone and that sharing and cooperation are much more productive ways of being than coveting resources and competing with others.
Find a way to do what you love. The easiest way to be more spiritually connected to your job is to find a job that you love! If you love what you do for a living, you’ll naturally feel more energized, enthusiastic and joyful. Even if you don’t love what you do for a living, there are still ways that you can love and appreciate parts of your job or the people you work with.
- What do you like about your co-workers?
- What do you like about your workspace?
- Can you find something positive to focus on when you commute to and from work every day?
One of the simplest ways to be more spiritually present is to notice and appreciate all the good things in your life; at home and at work.
Be your authentic spiritual-self at work. You naturally become more trusting, open and honest when you approach your work and the people around you without judgement, fear or a competitive attitude. Operating from a place of non-judgment frees you to be more creative and playful. It takes a lot of energy to try to be someone that you aren’t, so focus on being yourself at work. And don’t forget to allow other people to be themselves at work, too.
Find simple ways to make spiritual connections with the people you work with. Initiate simple activities that bring people together and awaken feelings of connectedness, sharing and generosity. Organize an office potluck. Learn about the benefits of laughter yoga and see if others would be interested in a weekly or monthly session. Recruit co-workers to work on a community project or fundraising drive. Talk to your boss about things that your office can do to give back to the community.
Be mindful of toxic behaviors and actions that can ruin your spiritual connection to work and the people around you. Let go of judgment. Avoid complaining about problems at work. Steer clear of people who want to gossip about their co-workers. Take a stand against bullying and harassment when you see it. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
Spiritual Awareness Affects Your Attitude and Job Performance
Spiritually grounded work habits
Ego-centric work habits
Add a bit of spirituality to your to-do list! Use a calendar, agenda or daytimer that provides daily doses of spiritual wisdom is one way to bring a bit of hope and inspiration to your day at work. If you think that paper calendars and planners are old-fashioned and you prefer to use your phone as your electronic organizer, search for some daily affirmation apps that you can download.
One of my favorite sources of daily spiritual and creative renewal is Julia Cameron's book Heart Steps.
This pocket-sized book makes a wonderful addition to your desktop reference library. Keep it right alongside your dictionary, thesaurus or employee handbook and turn to it whenever you need tob boost your creative batteries.
The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else…The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!— Earl Nightingale, Motivational Speaker
If you are already committed to developing your spiritual practice in your private life, the good news is that increased spiritual awareness is contagious. That is, your faith and positive attitude will naturally spill over into your daily work life, too. On the other hand, if you aren’t engaging your soul at home through daily practice (i.e.; prayer, meditation, gratitude journaling, creating art and reading spiritual teachings), you’ll likely find it hard to connect your spiritual identity with your career identity.
Does your workplace allow you to feel comfortable expressing your religious beliefs?
When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.— Shakti Gawain
© 2013 Sadie Holloway