We live in a psychologically-sophisticated age. We know we need self-esteem, self-worth, self-compassion, self-love and we need to do self-care. We know we have an ego or personality that can behave badly at times. We know we need to work on ourselves to overcome our negative character traits. We may too have an awareness of an inner essence that is more magnificent than all of this. But who actually are we? A mix of all of this? One self at one moment… and another self at a different moment? Let me try and clarify it. Read More
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The idea of ‘turning poison into medicine’ comes from a form of Buddhism called Nichiren Buddhism. This is a sect of Japanese Buddhism based on the teachings of its founder Nichiren in the 13th century. One of the key tenets of this approach is that our suffering is not caused by our attachment to our desires, as traditional Buddhism teaches. It purports, instead, that our suffering is caused by our belief that we lack the personal power to overcome the challenges that confront us. That ultimately, we are powerless in the face of adversity. And this can lead us to states of severe anxiety and depression where we are consumed by feelings of powerlessness, worry and despair. Read More
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
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
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.