How Well Do We Spend Our Time On Wellness?

Mar 18, 2024

In today’s endless loop of work, sleep, and repeat, where do happiness and wellness stand? Do you feel stuck in the constant grind? Well, you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world, from farmers to techies, struggle to find a healthy balance between work and personal life. But what if there was a way to find more meaning and fulfillment in your daily routine, even amidst a busy schedule? This is where the concept of spiritual intelligence comes in.

The Global Grind: A Day in the Life (Across the World)

I asked an AI tool to analyze the daily routines of different people around the world The answers were illuminating:

  • An American farmer wakes up early, works long hours, and finds solace in nature.
  • A Bangalore techie battles traffic, spends countless hours glued to screens and yearns for a work-life balance.
  • A Shanghai beautician caters to clients late into the evening, sacrificing personal time for professional demands.
  • An Argentinian livestock farmer shares similarities with the American farmer, working long hours with not enough rest and relaxation

Despite geographical and cultural differences, a common thread emerges: a 70-hour workweek reality. But this begs the question – is this schedule conducive to wellbeing and happiness?

Life Beyond Work: Exploring Happiness and Purpose

Animals work for survival, yet their rest and relaxation seem more balanced. Unlike the human “monkey mind,” they aren’t constantly bombarded by thoughts.
We, as humans, pride ourselves on our intellect. But when do we truly reflect on our existence, purpose, and actions? Most of us spend a significant portion of our lives working, often neglecting critical thinking about the meaning behind it all.
Relaxation is essential, but is it enough? Do we also need to introspect and contemplate the bigger picture: the purpose of life and work, and how to be truly happy and well?

The Unaware Mind: A Barrier to Wellbeing

Psychological studies emphasize the importance of awareness for all forms of intelligence – cognitive, emotional, sensory, and spiritual.

Otto Scharmer terms the lack of awareness as “absencing” – a state where our mind, heart, and will are disengaged. In this state, we become susceptible to the limitations of our conditioning – ingrained beliefs formed by religion, politics, race, and culture.

Unawareness makes us far worse off than animals who rely on instinct. We, on the other hand, grapple with a “monkey mind” that fuels anxiety and stress.
This unconscious state leads to cognitive, emotional, sensory, and spiritual unintelligence, ultimately impacting our wellbeing.
The root cause of much unhappiness is being unaware of this state and its consequences. We become addicted to patterns – not just substances like drugs or alcohol, but also limiting beliefs that can be just as toxic.

From Absencing to Presencing: The Power of Spiritual Intelligence

Scharmer proposes a transformative shift from absencing to presencing. This journey involves opening our minds, hearts, and will. But for true transformation and lasting happiness, we need another dimension: spiritual intelligence.
Spiritual intelligence transcends and unifies cognitive, emotional, and sensory intelligence. It’s the realization that we are all energy beings interconnected with everything around us.

This intelligence fosters systemic collaboration and inspires us to co-create a meaningful work-life culture that contributes to a sustainable future.
Visionary, ethical, and spiritually intelligent leadership is crucial to building institutions that cultivate self-awareness through spiritual coaching.

Reflection: Integrating Spiritual Intelligence into Our Lives

Here are some prompts to ponder:

  • How can we integrate spiritual intelligence into the Theory U model of transformation to open our minds, hearts, and wills?
  • How can we cultivate spiritual coaching in the young generation to nurture self-awareness and develop them into spiritual leaders who will shape a sustainable future?

Let’s move beyond the daily grind and embrace a life rich in meaning, purpose, and connection. By integrating spiritual intelligence into our daily lives, we can cultivate true wellbeing and contribute to a better world. Are you ready to take action? Join our Coaching for Spiritual Leadership program with Master Coach Ram Ramanathan. Questions? Write to us at

Ram Ramanathan, MCC
Ram Ramanathan, MCC


Ram is the Founder and a Principal at Coacharya. As the resident Master and mentor coach, Ram oversees and conducts all aspects of coaching and training services offered under the Coacharya banner.

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