When people talk about wellness, the emphases differ. The majority focus on the physical, while others focus on both the physical and the mental. Few will actually give sufficient weight to the emotional as well. Hardly do people appreciate the overriding role of spirituality in wellness.
The reason for placing spirituality on the blind spot is the same as the reason for separating spirituality from the physical in our everyday life. Hardly do we realize that there is actually no separation between matter and spirit. It is actually a continuum, in the same way that ice and steam belong to a particular continuum; for that matter ice and hydrogen/oxygen belong to that continuum. There can never be ice without the atom of hydrogen and that of oxygen but there can be the atom of oxygen without ice before it.
Likewise, physical wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness are all functions of spiritual wellness.
This is easy to demonstrate scientifically, without getting into the controversial area of religion. But if we realized that spirit is nothing else but energy, well below the subatomic level, it would be easier to conceive of the idea.
Our bodies are the most immediate medium of experience; we feel the touch, the pain the taste immediately. This immediacy is the reason for thinking that the body is primary to our experience of wellness or otherwise. All that the body does, however, it does because of the direction control by the mind; it cannot engage in any movement without the mind directing it to do so. So the movement of mind not only directs the body but always precedes the movement of the body. Yet, were I to die now, it would immediately be found that my brain would still be warm and intact. Why then does the mind stop directing the body? Why is it not performing its function relative to the function of the body? Is it because there is something in the mind that causes it to act or move in its own turn? There doesn’t seem to be any explanation other than that there is a force within the mind that causes movement because movement is caused by what we can identify as a ”force” anyway. Behind any force is energy because only energy can move things.
There is something that departs when death occurs. For centuries the “movement aspect” of life has been identified with the soul. This leads us easily to conclude that the reason the mind, in the example above, is not performing its function anymore is because the energy that caused the movement is no longer around, hence the “stillness”. Can we say that the soul has departed but the energy is still around or that the soul has departed but the energy is still around? There appears to be no basis for saying one of the two leaves while the other remains, simply because the two, soul and energy have the same properties because they are not there, there is no movement. Soul is spiritual, so it is spirit.
In the same way that mind precedes the movement of the body, the movement of the mind, in its own turn, preceded that of the mind. The spirit gives direction to the mind, the mind gives direction to the body and when all three work together, they proceed to movement. Movement is motion. The phrase proceed to movement can be shortened to the phrase “to motion”. The word motion is derived from ancient Greek. The word “to”, translated into ancient Greek becomes “e”. So when we replace the word “to” by its Greek version, in the phrase, we find the phrase” e motion”, which has now been collapsed to create the “emotion”.
All this tells us that a complete persona is not just body, but body, mind, emotion and spirit. These four dimensions of life cannot and should not be separated in our thinking. This means that to focus on only one or two of the four aspects of the persona is wrong. We should be attending to, dealing with or treating all four, cognizant that the spiritual is the source of everything and should therefore be given prominence in our endeavours to bring about wellness in an organization.
Of course, all the other three aspects are important, simply because they do have their peculiar functions but these functions can only be activated by the spiritual side of the persona.
Put side by side with any organization, we shall discover that organizational structures are analogous to the body, systems and skill to the mind and motivational factors to the emotional and spiritual aspects.
An organization cannot function with structures alone; it requires systems to coordinate the structures. The systems cannot work themselves, they require skills. While it is possible to have the best of structures, systems and skills, these cannot work well without the motivational factors, some of which are;
Sense of purpose,
As is obvious, organizations cannot work without these and when organizations collapse or are dysfunctional it is because of lack of these factors. For instance, corruption is said to constitute one of the major maladies in organizations. How then can we deal with corruption without generating integrity, commitment and honesty in people? These qualities can be engendered in people through training.
Also, looking at these factors, it is clear that team spirit can only come out of them. Without team spirit organizations perform poorly, production is low, profitability is low, corporate image suffers and the organization dies because there is simply no spirit. Wellness is therefore not a secondary factor in any organization, although it is often given that status by many organizations; it is indeed a primary one. This is where every organization should be investing to thrive.