By Karin Leonard
series explores how to stay connected to your spiritual self, even in
the busyness of everyday. Previously,
we discussed the power of solo retreats (Part One) and took a closer
look at spirituality (Part Two).
This part and the next explore applying your spiritual life to the
spiritual journey meets many challenges, especially when set smack in
the middle of corporate America.
We may have great insights when discussing spiritual
principles, and maybe we even have mystical moments when away on
retreat. Yet, how do we
translate these encounters with higher awareness into everyday life?
How do you stay connected to the “golden thread of
with such a full calendar, endless business meetings, and the demands of
family life? You may hardly have time to catch your breath, so how could
you expect to stay connected to the musings of soul and spirit?
many of us are insanely busy, spiritual practice needs to support
everyday life rather than add another string of to do’s.
Feeding your soul is more about being
than doing. The question is how you relate
to each moment and to every person you meet.
What is your intended
“code of conduct” as you move through the day, and how connected do
you stay to your own principles? Spirituality
can be a living and breathing way of life
rather than a brief encounter during meditation practice or Sunday
church. How do you want to be
during the day, with your self and towards others?
The way we treat the checkout clerk at the supermarket, or the
self-talk we engage in, can be opportunities for spiritual practice.
spiritual traditions usually have a set of principles, whether it is the
Ten Commandments, the Buddhist Precepts, or the ten insights of the
“Celestine Prophesy”. When adopted out of your own free will, simple standards like
“Tell the Truth,” “Practice Compassion,” “Love your Neighbor
as yourself” or “ Help if you can, at least don’t harm” … can
free you up, and provide a compass in all the craziness.
You can go quite deep with these principles, and discover
ever-deeper layers of honoring them.
Just imagine the shift we would see in the business world, if an
increasing number of professionals chose to fully adopt the principle of
honoring the truth and being their word in all interactions!
In the end, if you always tell the truth, you don’t have to
remember anything… Or, if a respect for life really
came before anything else, revolutionary change would follow.
your circle of influence, you can initiate your own quiet revolution by
choosing and committing to a personal credo or “code of ethics.”
Start simply, perhaps selecting just one principle at first, and
then practice, practice, practice.
Adopting a high standard is not about being perfect, but can
provide you with a beacon of light and direction, in the middle of a