Wellbeing and Spirituality: Insights from the World’s Wisdom Traditions

  • Olga Louchakova-SchwartzEmail author
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Strategies for implementing the agenda of employee wellbeing in workspace need to avoid manipulation of social behavior that puts pressure on an employee’s capabilities of agency and freedom of choice. The world wisdom traditions offer solutions which reassign the locus of control over wellbeing to the individual and suggest methods of modifying experience directly, not via modifications of one’s environment. Such intentional self-constitution produces a variety of internal experiences, all of which are characterized by wellbeing. Phenomenological analysis of these experiences shows the zones of internal architecture of experience in which ordinary experience changes into experience of wellbeing. Such “locations” include the sphere of intersubjectivity and the stratum of the so-called passive synthesis responsible for the constitution of emotions. Critical analysis of traditional practices shows that the practice of mindfulness leads to wellbeing via modifications of intersubjectivity – that is, relationships with others – and that the embodied practice of Kundalini Yoga transforms emotions and feelings so that they become more wholesome. These intentional wisdom practices enable one’s control over the experience of wellbeing beyond the scope of wellbeing’s dependence on the condition of workspace. Not all practices can be compatible with workspace: for example, practices that produce dissociate experience of wellbeing (e.g., so-called nonduality) are not compatible with participation in the workflow. Developing personal strategies to directly accentuate the positive aspects of subjective experience so that it turns into an experience of wellbeing has its limits but can greatly enhance wellbeing in the workspace.


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  1. 1.University of California, DavisDavisUSA

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