Spirituality is not an “F” word but it’s understandable why some observers of the workplace wellness industry might think so. Examine the research and literature on corporate wellness offerings to discover purposes and outcome targets and you’ll find a list similar to the following, cited by the CDC in a recent report (CDC, “Comprehensive Workplace Health Programs to Address Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Tobacco Use in the Workplace”):
If you could invent a religion, what would it look like? You might ask yourself, Why would I want to do that? Well, that would be a good question. We're in the information age, there's been a scientific revolution, we've sent a space probe beyond the solar system and wonders not only never cease—they're heralded daily on TV, newspapers and the internet. Religions are myths and superstitions—haven't we got too many of such antediluvian systems of prejudice already?
US Surgeon Generals, psychiatrists and all
manner of sensible people are aware that vast numbers of American are
somewhat unhinged. One former Surgeon General, namely David Satcher,
released an exhaustive review of research on mental health in 2001 which
revealed that one in five Americans have mental disorders.
The sunset on December 30, 2015 in no way foreshadowed a dark and stormy night to inhabitants of St. Petersburg, Florida. A pity, for such might have sparked a premonition of perdition straight ahead as I set off on a short run before dinner around 5:30 p.m.
About ten minutes into the run I found myself dazed and disoriented on the side of the road. Several strangers asked if I was OK, did I need any help. I brushed them off in a few words to the effect of I appreciate the offer but no worries. I'm fine—just resting a bit.