It was a student body of an MBA Institute which organized a panel discussion on the topic “Spirituality at Workplace”. Around 90 students logged in to listen to 3 speakers. I was one of them. It was my classmate’s daughter who was organizing it, and his wife is a book reader. I guess that is why he reached out to me to be a speaker. I am always tempted towards such opportunities where I feel we could raise the level of hope among people; more so when it is the youth. [signinlocker id=”326105″] Juhie (my colleague at NV Life) was reluctant to the extent that she convinced me that it is not worth our time, but we relented when she was pursued further by the student body. In two hours of discussions, I learned a few things-
- There is a curiosity among the youth about the larger view to life than just what they have grown up with; the fragile and old paradigm– that they study, get a job, get married, raise a family and accumulate debt in buying a flat. There is fatigue among parents to persist in this narrative, as they see it yielding lesser value and higher uncertainty than ever before. After all, this narrative was to make the new generation more secure and certain than us. On the other hand, the youth is getting tired of their narrative of “I will do it my way”. In the last 20 years, they got exposure and freedom, more than they bargained for, by breaking away from the old paradigm. They are clueless about what to do with the excess of space and free will. They feel unprotected and unsafe.
- There is a lot of garbage when it comes to spirituality. Although, the good thing is that the few, who explored it, have found what the definition is. However, they have no clue how to help you understand and practice it as a step-by-step process. At best they become incessant motivators.
- There is a desperation among spiritual leaders and custodians of new–age healers and coaches. This is not new. Several leading mystics of the 20th century had been infected by it. The desperation to use some experiments of science, which conducts some vague tests to justify that a lot happens in your body and mind differently when you meditate. They feel challenged in expressing the concept of spirituality without taking the support of some vague tests of science. Is it not common sense that any change in body and mind, in any case, is a function of experience and people will feel the difference in any case, if there is one? Besides, is spirituality, which is as ancient as the universe, a slave– seeking approval of its infant master (science– a few centuries old), which on the other hand is just learning to crawl on its feet?
- The youth is bored. They are looking for good stories as examples for them to feel motivated. There is a need for modern compelling storytelling to invigorate youth. If they can comprehend, they are ready to be swayed and get smitten.