We are all familiar with the management practices that evolved from the Industrial age from the 18th and 19th Century. During this period, managers ‘managed’ through strict practices, rigid regimes and direct forms of control. This autocratic approach to leadership seemed to work during this time when employees were deemed to be an expendable commodity and machinery was the valuable asset in any business. However, since then, we have moved on to a new age of extensive information and technology which requires a unique style of management, and one that is less dominant and autocratic. Read More
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Our Spiritual Intelligence is that deep inner knowledge, wisdom and understanding that goes beyond our learned intelligence. This Intelligence can see all things, including the bigger picture of our lives. It knows all things too, unlike the limited awareness of our own thinking minds.
When we feel stressed, overwhelmed or under pressure, we forget that deep within our minds lies a place that remains always untroubled and serene. If we quieten down and relax our bodies – even fleetingly – we can sense this calm inner centre. By getting in touch with it in this way, we can allow its peaceful nature to radiate out and so stem our fast-flowing stream of anxious thoughts.
With the pressure to succeed and the mounting workload we are all under, our spiritual path can easily be forgotten in today’s business environment. It can easily be relegated to a few minutes of intention-setting or reflection when we have time, or an occasional yoga class to help us unwind. Yet, our purpose in life is to follow our spiritual path and to bring forth our inner brilliance, our talents, abilities, and our God-given gifts into all that we do. Although we are human in orientation, we are also spiritual in essence and we must allow that spiritual essence to shine through. Balancing this duality can be hard. Here are four suggestions to generate this balance in our hectic modern life:
Our Spiritual Intelligence is that wealth of inner resources, vast knowledge and new creative ideas that we can draw upon to give us ideas to help our business thrive. Whereas the thinking of our ego can often be driving us to strive for things in the hopes that once we have achieved them we will feel happier and more fulfilled, our Spiritual Intelligence guides our actions and our business in alignment with our ultimate destiny. This is in the knowledge that it is here, that our true sense of personal fulfilment and thriving lies. For, our destiny is the bringing together of our Higher Purpose in life, as guided through our Spiritual Intelligence, with our focused actions in the world. Read More
We live in a world where we have been taught to place great importance on the material world and all it can bring us. At Christmas this is highlighted with the need to buy presents, fulfil obligations and live up to the expectations that can come with a family Christmas. Read More
Ricken Patel is a man with a mission.
Ricken Patel’s mission is to organise ‘citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want’, an idea that he had been cultivating since the age of 18. This world incorporates peace, social justice and cohesion, human rights for all, an end to poverty, the rule of law and environmental sustainability. It is a democratic world achieved through love, hope and a sensibility that generates profound transformation.
Based on that thinking, in 2007 at the age of 30, Ricken set up Avaaz (www.avaaz.org) meaning ‘voice’ in Persian. Avaaz is a not-for-profit global online network which encourages its 35 million members (at the time of writing in May 2014) to take action on issues globally that they most care about. Read More
In the personal and spiritual development field, there is much talk about the importance of having high self-esteem. There is considerable emphasis placed on increasing our self-esteem through the use of positive affirmations and self-talk, reframing negative thoughts about our issues into positive ones and using success in our chosen endeavours to guarantee high self-esteem. In the Oxford Dictionary self-esteem is defined as “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.” These seem to be an essential ingredients for life. It follows that those with high self-esteem feel better about themselves, are more confident and assertive, and always do well in life. Yet, is all this effort to enhance and inflate our self-esteem really necessary? Or, are we just making our ego self feel bigger, more significant and therefore more content? Read More
Zen master and former peace activist Thích Nhất Hạnh has spent much of his life traveling the world teaching Buddhist principles of mindfulness, love and compassion as the route to happiness in life. In 2013 he toured the US, spending a day at Google and speaking to more than 20 CEOs of US-based technology companies to offer his advice on living in the present moment. In 2014 he toured Europe, again speaking to large crowds. He is currently recovering from a brain haemorrhage suffered at the end of 2014 and, despite his advancing years, he is making a good recovery. Meanwhile, thousands still go to his centre, Plum Village in Southern France, to meditate in the quiet space there and practice mindful living. His monastic order is the fastest growing order in the world.
I really enjoyed listening to the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day, and her message to us all for 2014.
I loved her focus on the balance between action and reflection which is what our Spiritual Intelligence is always guiding us to do: “With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock. Be it through contemplation, prayer, or even keeping a dairy, many have found the practice of quiet personal reflection surprisingly rewarding, even discovering greater spiritual depth to their lives.” Read More