Inspiration Comes Accidentally
Balance Does not Come Accidentally
Balance in all spheres of our lives is a critical aim to achieve. The contemporary world is full of distractions, pressures, and biases. All these phenomena do not give a possibility to develop gradually proceeding from the personal rhythm of existence. As a result, a substantial part of humanity gets lost between stereotypes and does not know how to make significant and valuable changes. Although I have never paid a considerable meaning to balance, recently, I have enrolled in an organization that has entirely changed my conception of the world, telling me about spiritual practices of silence, beauty, peace, and connections, and muttering change. Imperatively, change needs to be located in the context of organizations, and this can be shallow or deep depending on contemporary drivers and pressures.
Working at the New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center has been critical to my life because it has stopped to understand the usefulness of change. Shallow changes incremental and entails fine-tuning. It is a first-order change that takes into consideration minor improvements in life. It is imperative to make these changes in the context of an organization because they help it maintain a competitive position in the context of business. All changes are tied to employees and their role in organizations, which are typically appropriate to organizational progress.
Deep change is second-order change. It is synonymous with changing the philosophy and values as well as the vision and mission of the organization. The symbol is a radical shift in behavior and thinking within the context of the organization theory. I have long understood that shallow change is imperative in organizations because it enables them to maintain an essential position in the business world. A critical example is employee rehabilitation in the working perspective. Spiritual practices are an amazing method to understand and perceive the organization. According to Orridge (2009), over the past 15 years, stress management has become a lucrative business. A good majority of individuals engage themselves in things they do not like. For instance, they play games they do not like, visit relatives they hate as well as reding books and magazines they dislike. One can vividly state that these people do not realize what they need in this life and spend it in vain. Spiritual practices refer to meditation that gives a more precise comprehension of an employee’s mind and desires. An adult expert in the sphere of mindfulness leads this organization.
My teacher devoted ten years of his life to familiarize himself with spiritual practices. This man knows how to read the world and implicate purpose in each day. He determined that the purpose of meditation is to help the individual control the mind and train it to gain inner peace. Thus, a considerable amount of mental energy can be concentrated, and it allows the brain to collect a vast reserve of power. From this perspective, spiritual exercises can boost an employee’s performance level. As a result, a manager or leader can utilize meditation by organizing specific meetings and pieces of training, which is second-order change. The workers will become more relaxed and clear their minds, thus enabling to cope with their duties more effectively. For instance, employees will save time for completing their tasks and perform more accurate calculations. Moreover, meditation will create a friendly atmosphere in the workplace. Such an environment facilitates better communication among workers and boosts their synergy.
Firstly, I got acquainted with the fundamental spiritual practice of peace, which helps to become less perturbed and anxious about everyday issues. “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me” (Psalm 14:1, The Gospel of John). Secondly, I got aware of the spiritual practice of silence, which told me that being quiet is not about awkwardness. On the contrary, it is about calm, distraction, and contemplation. Thirdly, the spiritual practice of beauty taught me to perceive the world in another way and notice something beautiful in every shred of earth. Neglect of nature peculiarities happens because of too many unnecessary things in front of us. Lastly, I experienced the practice of connections, which proved once again that separateness is a superfluous illusion. Everything in the world we inhabit is interrelated more that it seems.
Undeniably, all mentioned above practices contributed significantly to changes inside me and another idea of my existence. Hopefully, change of one aspect lead to “ripple” effect that causes further change elsewhere (Palmer, Dunford, & Buchanan, 2017). I underwent both first-order and second-order changes. First-order alterations are attached to spiritual practices of beauty and silence. I tried to notice beauty earlier, but it was not as successful as after the moment I got aware of meditation and concentration. Additionally, I am an introvert what means my preference of silence over noise and empty conversations. The practice showed me how to do it more correctly and qualitatively.
Second-order changes refer to making alterations to my life as an employee for positive attainment of workplace peace and serenity. They encompass the human ability to take a completely new viewpoint on issues. A second-order change implies that an employee learns through an alternative system to help the company become profitable. That is why a refreshing look facilitated by peace and spiritual practice provides an opportunity to undertake an innovative approach to perception. The business expert told me their value and assisted to inculcate them upon my habits. I was always strongly influenced by emotion. I also suffered from specific psychosomatic weaknesses, such as nervous shocks, outbursts of nervousness, and mental disturbances, which have disappeared due to my current inner peace.
The spiritual practice of peace can also contribute to the employee’s rehabilitation at the workplace. Firstly, it helps to cultivate self-confidence and determination. Thus, second-order change, particularly spiritual practice, can become the means of success achieving. In addition, such an approach has a practical value in the process of working. As an example, if a worker cannot cope with his/her obligations, the practice of peace forces an employee to reconsider the task and prioritize all necessary duties. The result of this approach is an improvement in individual performance. Therefore, the application of the spiritual practice of peace by managers and leaders can increase the collective job satisfaction and the company’s profitability.
Summing up, spirituality, and everything it contains, is a powerful tool that can assist in finding the answer for all questions inside people. Most importantly, it teaches one to know how to implement second-order changes in the context of the organization. All described types of practices are simple but can completely change the whole course of actions in life. Meditation alters patterns of behavior and opens the eyes. The difference between stressed and balanced people lies in the fact that first seek ways to develop, and search for answers, which businesses appreciate. As a result, such people help their companies become profitable by using circumstances to their benefit.
Orridge, M. (2009). Change leadership: Developing a change-adept organization. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, p. 4.
Palmer, I., Dunford. R., & Buchanan, D. (2017). Managing organizational change: A multiple perspectives approach. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, p. 164. ISBN 978-0-07-353053-0.