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

Oxygen: The Optimal Fuel for our Body and Brain

We focus on eating healthily. Moving regularly. Sleeping well. Training our minds. But, do we also provide our body with the optimum fuel to keep us alert, vitalised, thinking clearly and relaxed? Fuel that helps us recover from stress, boosts our immune system and enriches every cell in our body?

What is that fuel? Oxygen.

How do we ensure that we get it in large quantities? Through breathing effectively.

We all know how to breathe. We can do it with no conscious thought at all. Yet how much of our unconscious breathing is taking in the oxygen we need to provide us with all the benefits we can obtain from breathing well? Read More

Turning Poison into Medicine: How to Move Through Challenges… and Become Happier

 

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

Which Wolf Are You Feeding? How to have Successful Communication in Relationships

We all know that collaboration, networking being part of a community are key tools for our growth and sustenance. Without them, it is easy to experience loneliness, isolation and the depression that accompanies those feelings. This TEDx talk, which has 75 years of research behind it, highlights the importance of relationships to our long term happiness and well-being. Yet forging and sustaining nurturing, supportive relationships can be a challenge. Why is that?

Within our hearts, we all have two fundamental and opposite energies: love and hate. Or, to put it another way, people trigger in us one of two reactions: our understanding or our resistance. Read More

Primus Inter Pares: A New Approach to Leadership

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

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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Five Steps to Reveal Your Magnificence

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.

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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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Can Spiritual Intelligence Help your Business Succeed?

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

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