When we consider the path of Leadership Zen and the destination that we call integrated wellness, we must consider that there are four essential journeys that we all must endeavor to find true balance, renewal, and sustainability. These are the Journeys of the Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit (MBSS) and, because they are tied in with the Six Commitments represent the best means of achieving greater empowerment, greater influence, and greater fulfillment throughout your life.
While we talk about the MBSS Connection as though there were an order to it, there really isn’t, and the reason we present it this way is to promote the overall interconnectivity of it all. As humans, most of us are conditioned to look for structure within structures, to apply logic and reason to relatively abstract ideas. The MBSS Connection is by definition abstract because it is designed to demonstrate that balance can only be achieved when we nurture all of these constructs on the way to a higher state of wellbeing.
The Journey of the Soul is one that can present significant challenges for people over time. If you practice organized religion, you may – or may not – have a leg up on those of us who do not. I know plenty of people who crave the structure of religion but don’t always find wholeness in it, while I find many who are spiritual but not following formal religious doctrine who are as far or even further along the journey. I’m not here to argue for one approach over another – I don’t think it is very a very important distinction at all. Faith and belief being what they are I think there is room for us all to be a little accepting (please note I didn’t say tolerant) of the differences between us.
What is important, in my mind is that we recognize the importance of understanding that some belief in something bigger than ourselves is an important foundation for both leadership and for causing change. Finding the humility in our own circumstances allows us to engender a calmness in our own lives, and to form a vision for how we would like our lives – and those of others – to change. It gives us true purpose.
Many ways exist to explore and to express your spiritually and to build a better path to your own soul. There is something good about recognizing that the world is bigger than each one of us. Whether you believe in dogma or not, it is hard to believe that something bigger than you or I didn’t create the world we live in. The key is to be willing to explore any and all avenues that link you to that larger plan. In my world, it is meditation. It grounds me in humility and makes me want to do good. Linked to my deep ties in humanism it gives me both a platform for my own spiritual development, as well as the ability to accept others individual paths without judgment.