Introduction | Prelude
It’s difficult to describe emotions in words, isn’t? The first word that springs up in our head,
Spirituality | Why does it matter?
I recall reading a quote written by C.S. Lewis which stated, “Education without values as useful as it is, seems rather to make man cleverer devil”. The profound meaning of this statement can be easily understood through an allegory. D. L. Moody’s illustration is exemplary, states that, “If a man is stealing nuts and bolts from a railway track, and in order to change him, you send him to college, at the end of his education, he will steal the whole railway track.” So, the next question which pops up in our head is, what is missing in this person’s life that makes him to commit such an act? And, the correct answer to it is values. Values which finds its ground in morals framework. The moral framework finds its derivative in a moral law giver and moral law giver in turn relates to the supernatural. An infinite being responsible for the creation and moral framework of our human system. So, defining spirituality in simple terms is “reformation and reshaping which aims to recover the originality of a human soul with strengthening the spirit”.
Relation between EI and Spirituality | Bridging the gap
The greatest struggle for a human soul is to make certain choices in their life to be intellectually driven rather than emotionally bolstered. Parenting, working with colleagues are some of the exceptions from a sea of challenges that waits for a pity soul.
Parenting – Parenting can be one of the most exhaustive experience a couple can go through. Easy it may seem but is one of the strongest example of love and care injected in a person through values. If this goes missing at the early stage, an individual will always struggle in his social life. And, managing social life finds its root in Emotional Intelligence. One such example is about late Chester Bennigton who was a victim of drug abuse. He was sexually abused from the age of 7 till 13 until his parents were divorced when he was 11. This left him desolated of what he considered his world. At the very early age he tried almost all the drugs that he could find. And finally, he was so puffed up with all the drugs, he took his own life. So, the inversion again goes back to values where it continues to find its root in Spirituality. There are numerous examples where such suicidal cases are reported. One such was Tim Bergling (better known as ‘Avicii’) took his own life more than a couple of months ago.
Working with our colleagues – Nothing can be more challenging than working with the people with different age groups and different worldviews. Often we find ourselves among people from motley of cultures with different backgrounds and different experiences. What matters the most in such a situations is not how much knowledge we acquire or efficient we are in competition, but how do we deal with the people around us. Working in a corporate sector or an academic field can cause us to be in a lot of stress and this in turn can act as an impetus for hate, anger and different feelings for those working with us. These feelings which are emotions for a while if so nurtured will tend to break the thread between us and our colleagues. Humility to one doesn’t comes easy if there is no providential understanding in these matters. One of my favorites from Hollywood will always be “The man who knew infinity”. Albeit, being an intellectual Dr. G.H. Hardy (cracked the Tripos examination) , he was not in touch with his emotions because he simply believed that God doesn’t exist. The plot of the movie stretches the mind of the viewers to think that it was love and affection of S. Ramanujan that worked for such a relationship between both of them. Where does this love & affection comes from? It comes from our Creator where spirituality is at the roots and so it is deeply connected with our Emotional Intelligence which helps us to realize our social behavior and the way we deal people.
Conclusion | Coda It was back in December 2017 when Anand Pillai (MD of Leadership Matters) came to give
Nitin is pursing his Master’s degree from IIT Kharagpur, where he is also a project assistant. He looks upto Ravi Zacharias and is an ardent fan of his books. An intellect by being and a child when it comes to asking question, He will not rest until he finds his answers. He is a contributing author in Sowers. You can contact him through our site.