You can choose your chemical concoction

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Faith or spirituality in Management is a widely debated subject. Enterprises are finding it increasingly challenging to align their employees and their human needs to find their purpose of existence in the organisation. Leadership in organisation has the responsibility to act with purpose and care for their human assets, the society around them and the environment.

The physical body itself works like an enterprise. Being conscious of the physical body and its energy levels can help to create harmony in workplace and the society in which it thrives.

The physical body emits various chemicals and the state we are in at any given point in time. Endorphins aid to experience pleasure and prevent the pain. The chakras are directly associated with the physical body and the endocrine glands that release chemicals. When the chakras are opened and balanced, the associated glands function in harmony regulating the chemicals thus keeping you in a balanced state.

Considering the number of chemicals that the glands trigger in our body, there seems to be four important ones to take note and the impact they have when we interact with human beings. Being aware of these chemicals can help in better relationships with people around you.

The first one is Dopamine, this creates a sense of accomplishment and can be addictive. Dopamine can make you do more just for the want of accomplishment. In organisations, people can become addicted to performance for the sense of accomplishment and become selfish. We also see a number of children stuck to their mobile phones or social networking sites to get more dopamine because they think they are heard and appreciated much more than in their families. Excessive dopamine does not help to build trust with people and can lead to false sense of accomplishment. So we need more of the other chemicals. In the chakra system, Ajna chakra associated with the pituitary gland is responsible for Dopamine. Meditating on the Ajna chakra can help in getting over from the negative effects of dopamine.

Serotonin is associated with the Pineal gland and the Ajna chakra. This is released when you do something and find that you are valued.  In organisations, Serotonin can bring in building relationships with people, bring focus and get teams aligned towards success.  When leaders in organisations award and recognise employees, serotonin surges and builds loyalty. Parents witnessing their children succeed or bring home a prize see a serotonin rise.

Oxytocin is another important chemical that is generated by the pituitary gland and associated with Ajna and sahasrara chakras. This gets generated when you give and expect nothing in return. Oxytocin increases during physical contact when you hug a person whole heartedly. In the business world, shaking hands when a deal is done generates Oxytocin and builds trust. Oxytocin makes you happy to be with people you really like and want to be with them. More Oxytocin generates happiness, trust and bonding.

Cortisol is associated with the Adrenal gland and linked to Mooladhara. This is the stress hormone and makes you feel you are in the danger zone. Though cortisol is essential to humans in some way, it inhibits the production of Oxytocin and hence can make a person less trustworthy and prevent bonding with people.

So leadership have find ways to trigger more of Oxytocin to achieve more and build trust in relationships. Balancing our chakras becomes essential for our energies to flow without interruption and ensure our body and emotions function at optimum level.

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