To Give or Not To Give? Part Two: How Altruism Can Be Used for our Personal Growth

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandh

Altruism – the giving to others without seeking anything in return – is definitely a means of finding ourselves and an opportunity to move beyond our egocentric actions and reactions. Many spiritual traditions echo this philosophy. In fact, having a generous nature is woven into the very core of our DNA. It is a natural thing for us to do. It brings many rewards and yet, should be done from a giving heart rather than the desire purely to receive those rewards.

Our hunter gatherer ancestors knew that altruism within the tribe promoted the passing on of genes. It also supported their reputation amongst other tribe members as it was important to be seen to be sharing the spoils of one’s labours and giving back what they themselves had received: if you give me some special roots to eat today, I must be seen to give you some special roots to eat tomorrow so I appear benevolent in the eyes of others. Since those early days, our willingness to help others has evolved considerably and we are now willing to help those far outside our tribe and who we do not even know. Read More

Five Top Tips for being a Spiritually Intelligent Leader

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.

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Duality in the workplace: Four Ways to Balance your Spiritual Nature with the Business World of Today.

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:

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What Can an Eighty-Nine Year Old Vietnamese Monk Teach Us About Leadership?

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.

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Nelson Mandela: A Spiritually Intelligent Leader

Today, 6th December 2013, we are mourning yesterday’s passing of one of the world’s Spiritually Intelligent leaders. Like many leaders of our time, Nelson Mandela came from a background that shaped much of his thinking in later life. He was brought up by a local Thimbu King after his father died, and spent much time listening to the elders of his Xhosa Tribe. This period, surrounded mostly by fellow blacks, began to shape his belief in the value and equality of all, regardless of the colour of their skin. Read More

Deepening the Feminine Energy

Getting in touch with your feminine energy sounds easy, doesn’t it? Meditate for a while and you must be there? In truth, for most of us it is not that easy, either for women or for men. One of the key reasons for this is that the feminine is represented in our consciousness by our mothers. For many of us, our relationships with our mothers were not the nurturing, supportive relationships that would have enabled us to fully develop our feminine power. Read More

Desire is the Problem

This is a well known philosophy from Buddha about our desires. Buddha taught that our desires and our attachments to certain conditions and circumstances are the root of our pain and our suffering. Let’s explore this further because as human beings, it is very hard not to desire things and to want certain circumstances to happen!
I like to think of it this way: it is fine to desire things and what makes us magnetic to those very things we desire is to come from that place that says, “I desire this, and yet I don’t need it. I am happy if things work out this way and I am happy if they work out another way.” Read More

Embracing our Shadows

Something that we have to accept about ourselves is that we all have our shadow sides. These are the parts of us that appear, often when we are under pressure, and lead us to act in ways that we then feel guilty about. They are the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that we have that we find totally unpalatable about ourselves. These are for example, the parts of us that shout at our partners, our children and at other drivers on the road that appear to “cut us up”, when we have been working all day with our clients and peers being as kind as anything. In short our shadows are the very things that we do not want other people to know about us because we have been taught from a very young age that it is not acceptable to behave in this way. Read More

Finding the Best

Relationships provide your greatest opportunities to love, heal and grow.  Only through relating to others do you come to know yourself, even finding beautiful aspects of yourself that would otherwise have remained buried under the disguise of your ego. Read More

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