Emotional Intelligence – Yoga For The Mind


More Kindness, Less Random


This post was originally published on this siteIn lieu of recent news, this message for kindness is especially necessary.  Let’s reach out and create more Random Acts of Kindness. Beautiful random acts of kindness are actually careful, often hard, choices that any of us can make. There’s no secret – it’s the work of applying emotional intelligence to do the right thing. Here’s how… and why. Random Acts of Kindness: Or a Careful Choice? We all make choices, we are constantly confronted with decisions where our actions affect others. How can we know in that moment what is “right” thing to […]

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Gettting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable


This post was originally published on this siteHow can we take the next step in developing our emotional intelligence?  What’s holding us back?  By getting comfortable with being uncomfortable, we can break through our limits and really focus on our core values, leading to tremendous growth. Recently, one of my graduate students in my psychology class ended her journal with these words: “I want to set a goal of becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable.  I want to speak up more and challenge my tendency to only listen and stay silent.  I want to be more ‘in the moment’ and embrace […]

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5 Sound Principles To Live Life By

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What has kept this goldfish alive?

It certainly hasn’t been my diligent cleaning of his/her home. There was algae growing up the side of the bowl and the water was pea green. It had been several days/weeks/ months past due for a cleaning. Thank heaven my son had been given a more regular “maintenance program” during his upbringing.

So, on this quiet and open Saturday morning, it seemed a reasonable activity. I put the goldfish in another bowl of clean, cold water and began working on the murky stuff.

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Surgery a Success!

Dear Friends and Family,

Surgery was yesterday and lasted four and one-half hours. First words from the doctor were: “It was a mess. I fixed it.” This was followed by considerably more medical jargon. He did report that it was one of the smoothest procedures ever–I believe this was because of all the positive energy being sent my way. Thank you very much.

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I Am Grateful

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Recently, I was explaining to a friend about my upcoming surgery. Her reply was, “Kidney surgery. Yuk!” I thought she nailed it. It is certainly how I am feeling with the date now only three days away.

This all began with an ordinary kidney infection, which was discovered when I ended up in the emergency room with chills, a temperature—all indicators of another kidney stone—of which I have been plagued for over twenty-some years.

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Ready or Not…

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Delights of dipping chocolates, baking filled cookies, and the perennial favorite—pumpkin pie. They flutter through my brain along with images of glistening snow, sleigh bells ringing, and carolers singing. This time each year, I start thinking about Christmas in my hometown: Inkom, Idaho. It’s just like in the movies, I swear. And 71 of my 75 Christmases have been spent there with my parents and extended family.

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Let Empathy Raise The Bottom Line

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Anabel Jensen’s journey to make the world a more empathetic place started way back when she was a toddler. Today, as founder of Six Seconds, she teaches companies how to be more emotionally intelligent, which she says helps the bottom line. Along the way, she received a most precious gift – at least four times – from one of the world’s greatest comedians.

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 I Have Learned That


A few days ago, I received a post from a friend who was honoring the importance of friends in her life and she had forwarded a list from the late Andy Rooney about the things he had learned while living.

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Silver Note Memories

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At Synapse, the important memories are our memories of the children – moments of innocence, of naiveté; moments of expectancy and excitement; moments of joy and laughter; moments of loneliness and sadness; moments of generosity and service. From my seven years at Synapse, I remember with joy…

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India and the Eight Basic Emotions

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In November 2014, I spent 17 days (minus travel time), in India. This trip had been on my bucket list for quite some time and it cost me a nice chunk of my savings. As both my vocation and hobbyhorse circle around emotional intelligence, I was determined to pay strict attention to how this trip and my emotions would intersect. I looked forward to experiencing these emotions, which happened multiple times within any one day at home, with great anticipation. “Hooray!” I thought to myself, “I finally have a reason and an opportunity to see such items as the Taj Mahal!”

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