SPIRITUAL QUOTIENT

When you hear the term Spiritual, what comes to your mind? Anything related to spirituality, humanity, God, soul, self realization. It is related to deep feelings and beliefs, especially religious beliefs. Quotient means a degree or amount of something. So does Spiritual Quotient mean degree of self realization or amount of your deep feelings and beliefs? It can be the recognition of self or belief.

IQ vs EQ vs SQ

There are three dimensions of intelligence: cognitive, emotional, and spiritual. Since long, only Intelligence Quotient, IQ, was thought to be the only valid form of intelligence. IQ is the measure of person’s reasoning ability or how well someone can use information and logic to answer questions or make predictions. The intelligence quotient (IQ) is defined as a comparison between what is normal for a certain age and what is observed in a specific child. Then in the 1990’s, as people started having more struggles and successes, emotional disturbances started, and here comes the term, Emotional Quotient, EQ. Emotional intelligence (or emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. It is simply to understand and manage emotions. Now in the 21st century, with the modern day problems, rising insensitivity, comes a new term Spiritual Quotient, SQ. Basically, all human beings are spiritual in their nature. The Spiritual Quotient (SQ) is the sum of our Intellectual Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ). We may look at it as a ‘supreme form of intelligence’ because it provides a higher sense of purpose, self-awareness, resets the thought process and transforms the overall personality of a person.

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Danah Zohar and Ian Marshall based on their pioneering book, SQ: Connecting with Our Spiritual Intelligence, attributed the term Spiritual Quotient.  According to them, it is our most fundamental intelligence. It helps us to develop our capacity for meaning, vision and value. It has all our beliefs, thoughts that help us to take respective actions. It also helps us to dream and work for our goals. Spiritual intelligence explores how accessing our SQ helps us to live up to our potential for better, more satisfying lives.

3 ASPECTS OF SPIRITUALITY:

  • Responsibility:

    Thinking about our purpose in life we should have a vision of how we are to spend our lives to achieve the purpose or for what we are responsible for.

  • Humility :

    We are just one of the 7 billion people on Earth; just one among those 108 billion people who have ever lived. So what makes us think that our existence is more important than others?

  • Happiness :

    With all the success, facilities and opportunities, are we really happy or happier than before? It means how exactly we progress to be happy.

DEVELOPING YOUR SQ :

Much attention is focused on the importance of our physical and mental health, but what about our spiritual health? Mostly people are categorized as believers and non believers but its not like that because everyone believes in something or the other. To be a spiritual person, its not necessary to practice your religion, believe in God or read your religious books. We all are built-in with spirituality within our core. There isn’t one path one needs to take to be spiritually healthy—it’s different for everyone. Some experience it through religion, some through humanity, kindness, music, nature, art. It’s the ideals and beliefs you form throughout your life that form your own unique spirituality.” It not only gives hope but also satisfaction, calmness, purpose, belongingness and also peace. There’s no right or wrong way to achieve spiritual health.

FEW WAYS TO HELP YOU TO BE SPIRITUAL :
  • Connect with your faith community :

    The places of worship or organizations that offer a number of ways to connect with someone who shares our beliefs and thoughts and reconnect with them – whether online, over the phone or in-person.

  • Volunteer or help others :

    Another way to feel connected to your spirituality and faith is to find a cause that matters to you and to give back. You can become a mentor or tutor or foster an animal. By helping others, it’ll also give you a sense of purpose and gratitude.

  • Practice yoga :

    Yoga is for everyone at any level. Besides strengthening and stretching your body, it can help your mind and spirit—reducing symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety.

  • Meditate :

    Meditation is one of the easiest practices to maintain because it requires little time. Many people think that for meditation on has to sit and be quiet but its not always like that. One can walk and meditate,  being mindful of how your feet feel on the ground or the details of your surroundings. Just the practice of slowing your body down can help slow your brain down.” It reduces  stress, depression and anxiety and increase your mindfulness.

  • Keep a journal :

    The act of writing can help you process your emotions, increase your awareness and give you a non-judgmental space to express your feelings in the moment.

  • Spend time in nature :

    It does not mean to switch off your phone and live in mountains or by  river side. Even just a few minutes watching the birds, the trees swaying in the wind or the crashing waves on the shoreline can be therapeutic.

HOW SQ CHANGES A PERSON :

Spiritual intelligence no longer let fear stop you from taking action, as challenges will no longer seem daunting. You will understand that the Universe is abundant and unlimited. You will know that everything that you wish is possible for you, and help is always available if you ask.

-You’ll be more present in the now.

-You will be more resilient.

-You will feel happier.

-You will know exactly how to help others thrive.

-You will be holistically attuned to the world.

Developing spiritual intelligence requires a commitment to self-reflection, personal growth, and cultivating spiritual practices. Key components of spirituality include faith, meaning, love, belonging, forgiveness, and connectedness. Once we move into the spiritual tier, our progress becomes much more focused because, at that point, we have gained a sense of the reason for human existence.

It helps us to open our mind to receive new information. Open our heart to give and receive unconditional love to others. Open our senses to learn about the world in different ways. Being open means our willingness to perceive everything as it comes, not the way we think it should, but the way it is, without judgement.

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HEALING THE WORLD WITH SPIRITUALITY :

In today’s era that is filled with hatred and insensitivity, perhaps a little dose of understanding about our own spiritual dimension would all do us some good. And as Barbara Sargent, elegantly puts it: ‘Through contemplative practices and spiritual aspiration, we can learn to live in a closer relationship with this deepest and unique aspect of ourselves, this place where inner guidance can come through when we need it most. SQ makes us more responsible of ourselves, family, society, our surrounding, our country and then our universe too. It helps us to interconnect our personal vision with the larger good of humanity. It makes us more humble in our perspective. To a great extent it reduces our selfish intentions. Once we understand that everything is connected, it also increases our personal responsibility and accountability. It is acknowledging your mortality and thinking of what you could offer humanity.

– Deepti Anand, Intern

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