What is the Map of Meaning?
Have you ever asked yourself “What is the meaning of my life and my work” or “How can I be more motivated?” the Map of Meaning is a holistic development model that addresses these key questions and helps unlock our intrinsic motivations.
The methodology of the Map of Meaning can be applied to employees, students or anyone who is lacking motivation or meaning at work or in their life. It helps to access the potential in all of us.
The approach has been widely researched and developed over the last 20 years by Marjolein Lips-Wiersma and Lani Morris. Morris spent her childhood living amongst survivors of WW2 concentration camps and quickly learned how the importance of being able to make sense of life and work was fundamental to their survival, even in the direst of situations.
This inspired their research on spirituality in the workplace and concluded that spiritual motivation relates directly to the meaning we get from our activities. The Map of Meaning draws on this simple framework, providing the key to gaining a meaningful way of life.
The concept helps people recognise imbalance in their work or home life. It is possible that you use the Map of Meaning without even realising it; for instance, you may notice that your work feels more meaningful when you are helping others or working as part of a team, but this may cause conflict in your own personal workload. So you find a healthy balance between the two. It can also be about finding a balance between everyday being and doing, and taking time to go back to that intrinsic need to be creative. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a creative person, the innate need to be inspired and be creative is in all of us, and gives our life meaning.
Founder, Lani Morris says, “We may not be able to answer the big question of what is the meaning of life but we can answer, what is the meaning of my life today?“
Using this powerful approach can help identify meaning and help work positively with the tensions at work and in life. It can assist with unearthing the needs of ourselves and of others and find balance between our internal beliefs and external behaviours.
The method is now used globally by mentors, coaches and managers. Why not bring it into your own life? Reconnect with what inspires you, for your own personal development, or bring it into your workplace to motivate your team.