all of who we are to our lives.
I am currently leading an online class, Intuition is a Leadership Skill. The participants have homework each week and often send their responses to me in emails. I wrote the words above in one of my emails to one of them. She particularly liked that sentence.
I realized many years ago that we are physical, mental, emotional, spiritual beings. A new realization came when I was asking a client to draw a circle, divide it into 4 quadrants, and label them in that order…with physical and mental in the top half of the circle. As I reflected on that picture, I saw that we are recognized and rewarded for thinking (mental), and doing (physical). However, we unconsciously make choices based on how we feel (emotional) and what we believe (spiritual). We think we make choices because we have ‘thought’ about it. I believe we do what we do because of how something feels and what we believe about the way the world works and why we think we are here. Our self-awareness is what allows us to know why we make the choices we make.
Living an integrated life means bringing our self-awareness into play as we move through the world. What am I saying yes to? What in me is being led in a specific direction? How do I know what to let go of and what to move toward? How does this feel? What does this mean to me? Not everyone lives in those questions, but many of us do. What are the inner signs that lead us?
We can begin by getting quiet, turning within, and noticing. There is information inside. We have thoughts, emotions, and beliefs as well as sensations, images, the still small voice within, among many other indicators of inner knowing. We can think of these ways of knowing as multiple intelligences and inner guidance.
My commitment to supporting others in living and leading in an integrated way led me to offer my services in the workplace. I have colleagues who question that commitment, often asking why I don’t lead spiritual retreats and become a spiritual coach. I left a toxic workplace in 1997 in search of integration. We work. Many of us work in organizations with other people. Many of us work well over 40 hours a week. My commitment is to well-being and a sense of purpose for myself and others.
I believe we can bring all of who we are to every environment we live in.
It takes self-awareness, practice, commitment, and support.