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How to Feel Spiritually Connected to Your Job

Updated on March 19, 2017
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Sadie Holloway is exploring how to live more intentionally, everyday. Her favorite self-help authors are Deepak Chopra and Julia Cameron.

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.

Bringing your spiritual beliefs to work isn't necessarily about religious practices. It can be about practicing compassion and empathy towards your co-workers and customers.
Bringing your spiritual beliefs to work isn't necessarily about religious practices. It can be about practicing compassion and empathy towards your co-workers and customers.

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.

Finding time to read material that is spiritually fullfilling to you on your coffee or lunch breaks is one way to bring your faith to work with you.
Finding time to read material that is spiritually fullfilling to you on your coffee or lunch breaks is one way to bring your faith to work with you.

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
Abundance
Scarcity
Empathy
Judgement
Patience
Intolerance
Co-operation
Competition
Joy
Dread
Energy
Fatigue
Connectedness
Isolation

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.

Heart Steps: Prayers and Declarations for a Creative Life
Heart Steps: Prayers and Declarations for a Creative Life

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 stressed out at work, try taking your tea break outside---weather permitting, of course. Communing with nature is a wonderful way to reduce stress and recharge your spiritual batteries.
If you are stressed out at work, try taking your tea break outside---weather permitting, of course. Communing with nature is a wonderful way to reduce stress and recharge your spiritual batteries.

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?

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Keeping a few discrete mementos that remind you of your spiritual values and beliefs on your desk can help add a sense of calm and serenity to your day at work.
Keeping a few discrete mementos that remind you of your spiritual values and beliefs on your desk can help add a sense of calm and serenity to your day at work.

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

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  • Camille Harris profile image

    Camille H 4 years ago from SF Bay Area

    Oh, this Hub is just what I needed. This is wonderful, particularly the section on "Spiritually grounded work habits" vs. "Ego-centric work habits." The spiritually grounded habits remind me a lot of some keys to happiness I learned (and practice). These were detailed in the 2011 movie "Happy". In short, happiness is achieved through play, challenges, friends, family, and compassion. I've printed this list and am now printing your Hub.

    Keep writing!

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