The ‘office’ and our spiritual expression can at times seem like an unholy alliance. The grasping at security and the power struggles that never get called out for what they are, can induce feelings of frustration, stress or apathy, in those whose spiritual expression is their paramount concern.
It is when developing greater awareness become the bywords for our spiritual expression, that the mapping out of this desire can be chaotic. After all, we’re not there yet.
We’re not enlightened. We still get triggered. We still react even when we thought we’d grown more than that. So, to whom do we direct our compassion?
Is it to the Company that believes it has somewhere important to get to and also believes it needs some constantly growing measure of that?
Is our compassionate nature to be directed towards the office space itself, with its hotbed of micro-aggressions, the often sheep-like behaviour of employees, or the rampant control and manipulation tactics designed to keep the workers asleep and fearfully following the rules?
Perhaps our compassion is to be directed towards that person or persons we find most annoying. The ones who trigger us most. The ones that we can perhaps see are pushing down their inner voice. That voice of wisdom whispering to them:
“Is this what you really want? Is this who you really are? Are you truly at peace?
When we hear others complain of their migraines, back aches, or tiredness, or watch them constantly bemoan their fate when in fact they’re choosing to play the martyr role; how then are we to tap into our compassionate selves?
Should we be most loving and compassionate with ourselves perhaps? Should we put others’ stories, agendas or beliefs, to one side as we deal with our own inner struggles?
All of the above.
The quickest way to generate the energy of compassion, is to step willingly into awareness. Whether it’s an awareness of our inner judgments towards ourselves or others, awareness of another’s pain or fear stories; it doesn’t really matter.
Shining the light of awareness on anything, inspires greater compassion. It encourages patience with ourselves first and foremost, which then generates a greater willingness to be more compassionate with others.
For isn’t that what awareness is? Isn’t awareness timeless, observing, expansive and beyond even the need for patience?
It just is. It just sees. It doesn’t allow or disallow, even.
It simply Is.
When something or no thing, simply is; it implies stillness.
That Stillness could be in the midst of your own inner dramas or self berating. It could be in the boardroom where cutthroat practices or the desire for control may be seen as part and parcel of getting ahead. It could be Stillness right there in the midst of dealing with difficult customers, clients, or colleagues. Stillness could be most present when we’re feeling most overwhelmed, stressed, or vulnerable.
Stillness. Still, in the midst of it all.
Turmoil can play in Stillness. Yet Stillness will remain.
It creates space because its very nature is spaciousness. Vastness. It is without size, weight, shape, or age.
Imagine it at the water cooler or the photo copier. Imagine it when you’re right in the middle of some inner or outer, tantrum. Imagine it when that promotion went to someone else that you don’t particularly care for. Is it Stillness that doesn’t particularly care for that person, or is it just your personality stories?
Is it Stillness that vies for power, position, security and status?
We can feel that the answer is clearly no. It is a resonant truth within us ~ if we choose to access our awareness. Our compassion then, is tied directly to our willingness to consciously access awareness.
Yes, even the awareness that we don’t feel like being aware right now. We’re aware of that, most certainly ~ if we’re truly honest with ourselves.
The job, the office, the Company and all that they contain, are just another microcosm of any un-reality we have co-created. Its environment can either speed up, or hinder, our growth.
Which direction we go is determined only by our willingness to access and embody true reality. That is, stepping willingly and consciously into awareness itself.
Being aware of self, as it plays out its myriad roles in Awareness.
That beauty can express itself in any environment. The compassion it nurtures can be expressed inwardly, or outwardly.
Compassion is the natural fruit of awareness. And if it is to be directed towards self first for its greatest foibles and subtlest beliefs, then all is well. Let it be directed towards self, realising Self, for lifetime upon lifetime if needed.
There is no rush.
The office will not outlive or outlast awareness. Realise this and your spiritual expression in any environment will be whatever it authentically needs to be, in any given moment.