Let’s first talk about the difference between being religious and spiritual. In two sentences Deepak Chopra explained:
Religion is a belief in someone else’s experience.
Spirituality is having your own experience.
In short, being religious one heavily relies on an external influence and observe various rituals as an acceptance of being true. Being spiritual, one focuses more on the act of doing, and the most known action is meditation. Although meditation comes from the East, thus it is often mistaken that meditation is a ritual, it is not a religious practice. To meditate is simply to quiet down your thoughts and mind.
Religion is often fear-driven by emphasizing the consequences if you do not believe. Because of that, religious people can often come across being judgmental. Spirituality, on the other hand, acknowledges and appreciates the truth and beauty in every belief despite the differences and uniqueness.
Because religion is often fear-driven and separates from other religion, employees often see more demands from the top and with very limited room to grow as an individual due to the authority. The company culture does not always match with the religion that is preached and practiced. Top management’s goal isn’t about empowering their team and often create a very anxious and unhappy environment.
Due to the fact religion is about obey rules, follow an ideology, and it tells you what to believe and what is right, a religious boss tends to be close-minded and often forbids new ideas and creativity.
Spiritual people, on the contrary, would let wisdom to guide them to empower their team members. They see their team, clients, and in some cases, competitors as One. They appreciate the fact that everyone is different and possess different value, and thus they welcome new ideas. They do not “stick to the book” nor would they label each action being right or wrong. Instead, they embrace each outcome as a learning experience. Team members from such work environment are happy, and instead of suffering Monday blues, they look forward to going to work knowing they’re valued. They do not have “bosses” but mentors.
Still, we have seen people who claim to be spiritual and yet demonstrating an opposite behavior. One easy way to identify that is spiritual people never find the need to define themselves being spiritual or emphasize their spiritual conduct. As mentioned earlier, spiritual people are about doing, not preaching, or justifying.
Whether you hold a managerial position or not, I encourage you to promote a spiritual and harmonious workplace. Love to hear your thoughts and the current working environment you're in below.