Until I fell into a deep depression…
The kind where nothing matters and you can’t find joy or satisfaction in anything. And I was left with no deeper meaning to see me through. It is in those dark moments that I had to search for something more to save my own life. If the job and status and money were not making me happy or fulfilled, there must be something more. The pain and emptiness propelled me on my quest to find meaning, purpose and fulfillment. And as I came back to life through my spiritual exploration, I wanted to share what I had experienced and learned with everyone.
I did this quietly in closed circles for many years. There was spiritual Kristi and corporate Kristi. I was uncomfortable bringing the spiritual side of me to work. But it became so clear that the spiritual lessons I was learning would serve us well at work. I saw so many talented, caring people dying on the vine, disrespected, devalued. Spending 8-12 hours a day in this environment was soul sucking and a complete waste of human potential. When instead, if we could honor and value each other as the powerful human beings we are, and nurture and cultivate each other, we could serve people and boost profits. We could create some immensely powerful (and cool) stuff in the world. Everyone could win. It made so much sense.
I wondered (and am still figuring out) if the big, powerful, frightening corporations would respect me if they knew I was spiritual. I wanted to be courageous and always stand in my new truth as a spiritual business leader. It made me nervous though, and each day is a new opportunity for me to muster up more courage to bring more self-awareness and love into enterprise.
It took me 7 years to fully follow my beliefs and speak up about my wild love affair with consciousness and how bringing it into business will transform the world. And I’m so glad I did.
I now find myself surrounded with authentic business women who lead from their hearts, value people, and make an impact. And the more of us that come together, the more powerful we become in shifting the fabric of how business is conducted. We can eliminate Monday morning dread and the epidemic of mental, physical and spiritual illness by bringing light into work.
I imagine that there are many spiritual people in the business world who are coming out of the spiritual closet. I want to meet them. I want to ask them about their spiritual beliefs and if they have a difficult time integrating them into business. I want to learn how we can create change together.
Do you have thoughts on spirituality in business? I’d love to hear them in the comments.