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Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional Intelligence
“As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery... we have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.” ~ Dalai Lama
Deepak Chopra advises, "Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance."
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” ~ Khalil Gibran
Transformation occurs when existing solutions, assumed truths and past decisions are exposed as unrealistic and self-defeating. Those fixed ideas shatter, and it's painful at first because one is exposed, but wiping the slate clean makes it possible to create a new and better design.
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else: you are the one who gets burned.” ~ Buddha
Not too clever, but we've all been there!
“We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us - how we can take it, what we do with it - and that is what really counts in the end.” ~ Joseph Fort Newton
Intelligence of the heart is lacking in our culture, so that all too often, instead of responding mindfully, with integrated reason and feelings, we react with the emotional maturity of spoilt children. But emotional intelligence isn't fixed, it's a vital attribute we can continue to develop throughout our life, as we learn from mistakes and understand better the value of empathy and compassion.
“Never speak out of anger, never act out of fear, never choose from impatience, but wait... and peace will appear.” ~ Guy Finley
Inner peace is already there awaiting us, in our soul.

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There is clearly a great need for an increased understanding and practice of Emotional Intelligence in our culture. In the world of business, factors that are really important to succeed in an ethical manner are dependent on EQ: the cooperation of employees, creativity and open-mindedness, understanding of another's point of view, ability to use empathy in negotiations, the quality of leadership and communication. These factors are equally important in the running of schools, health services, local government and politics. They are an essential part of our personal and spiritual development and perhaps most importantly, they are principles that our children need to be taught. Continues...
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