February 5, 2012 8:15 am EST
Most of us spend at least half our waking hours working. Most of us are on some sort of conscious path to spiritual growth. How much do we limit our growth if we're only "spiritual" when we're not working?
I'm not sure I buy into the concept of duality -- the idea that duality is a bad thing. There's a plurality in our nature that seems to be deeply engrained. We are body, mind, and spirit. We are passion and peace. We are rest and work. These things make us complete, not fractured.
Yet still, if we think thoughts of love and embrace change in our off times, and continue in our old ways in our work, don't we create an unnecessary rift? Don't we create conflict that impedes our spiritual growth?
How do we practice love at work?
For most of us, we can't tell our coworkers we love them. We can't hug our subordinates and bosses. And we can't really talk much about love and oneness and spiritual awakenings and such. We'd be ostracized. We'd be labeled as kooks and weirdos and would put our jobs or businesses at risk. But we can still practice spiritual ways -- we can still be loving -- at work. Love is kindness, honesty, openness, compassion, diligence, creativity. Love encompasses and includes. Right?
We can choose to be kind in our interactions with clients, partners, and co-workers. We can choose to be honest and fair in all our dealings. We can decide to see others as trusting. We can practice lots of aspects of love without using the words love, spirituality, and enlightenment.
It feels a little strange, being loving at work, but why not give it a try?
Love and giggles,