As you know if you have been reading I’m doing a little reflection on spirituality and the daily life of students and I think it is applicable to people in the workplace. It is based on the book by, Alexander W. Astin, Helen S. Astin, and Jennifer A. Lindholm, entitled, “Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives,”
Spiritual Quest (or Journey) reflects the degree to which the people are actively searching for meaning and purpose in their life. It is the journey towards self-awareness and enlightenment; that search to find answers to life’s mysteries and answers to the “big questions.” Words such as “finding,” “attaining,” “seeking,” “developing,” “searching,” or “becoming.” are all a part of a person’s spiritual quest.
In the study students who began college with high Spiritual Quest scores say that a major reason they enrolled in college is to find their life’s purpose and that they expect the college experience to enhance their self-understanding and contribute to their emotional and spiritual development. These students faired well in their educational and emotional experience. Likewise in the workplace, I believe when people look at their experiences as learnings on their journey they will be better adjusted to life’s overall experiences.
When you engage in a Spiritual Quest you will find that you will grow significantly, not only during the college years, but throughout life. This growth is enhanced by meditation, worship, prayer, service, and self-reflection, having others, such as a spiritual coach or director can encourage the exploration of questions of meaning and purpose. These can all lead toward greater involvement in religious activities and participation in charitable activities.
Another area of research included an Ethic of Caring which reflects your sense of caring and concern about the welfare of others and the world around you. These feelings are expressed in wanting to help those who are troubled and to alleviate suffering. It includes a concern about social justice and an interest in the welfare of your community and the environment.
The Ethic of Caring grows substantially during the college years and can continue long into adulthood when properly nurtured. Finding outlets for serving can actually increase the level of satisfaction and happiness. Again a spiritual director or spiritual coach can be an advocate for your journey toward discovery. You don’t have to be a college student but the formative years make a huge impact on your future.
Let me know if any of these ideas are helpful to you.