Hello spiritual warrior! Welcome to this week’s edition of The Source in which we explore the concept of resisting nothing.
Peaches the Buddha Princess teaches that if you resist nothing you will receive unconditional love. What that really means in our real lives today is that if we just show up, put our very best foot forward, hold our palms out instead of raising our fists, then the energy of the Universe will flow through us in positive, constructive ways.
I’ve written before about the idea that emotions are subjective, conscious experiences that link our interpretation of a given moment to a biological reaction creating a particular mental state. For example, have you ever yelled at someone when you’ve had a bad day over something that had nothing to do with them?
Psychologists refer to this mis-direction as “emotional leakage.” When you suppress emotions, you’re likely to express them inadvertently in other avenues by being snide, sarcastic, snarky, retaliatory, biting, harsh, or downright mean to people who had nothing to do with your initial frustration. Suppressing our feelings is now scientifically proven to lead to poor memory, relationship challenges, and deeper health issues as our body is influenced so strongly by our subjective conscious experiences.
We can rise above the constriction by heightening our emotional intelligence, known as EI in many leadership, psychology, and philosophy circles. EI is essentially our ability to “own” these four capabilities:
1. Correctly perceive emotions
2. Retrieve and produce emotions to assist thought
3. Comprehend emotions and understand them, and
4. Effectively adjust emotions to promote personal development and growth
If you don’t know how you feel or why you feel a certain way, you will experience emotional overwhelm or confusion and won’t be able to communicate effectively, meet your needs, or resolve disagreements. But if we master our emotional intelligence, you will flow with less stress, more grace, and greater ease. And, the more successful we are at heightening these core skill sets, the happier and more fulfilled we will be!
Isn’t emotional intelligence a fascinating lens with which to explore your life?
It’s a topic we dive deeply into in my Masters of Wisdom & Meditation Teacher Training beginning in June. When you apply conscious living practices like awareness of your emotions and techniques to identify how you are really feeling, your self-observation and connectivity expands organically.
This is just one of many of the profound teachings we explore in my teacher training! In addition, those enrolled in my 16-week program experience a one-on-one Skype call with me, a live video webinar per month (four total) in which you will interact with your fellow teachers in training, have continuous interaction with me, as well as video and audio teachings each week (16 weekly lessons).
The final week of meditation teacher training concludes your training with an intensive seven-days “in-residence” at The Meditation Nest in Carlsbad, Calif. davidji will guide you to elevating your meditation practice to a higher and deeper level. You will achieve greater knowledge and understanding of the most esteemed masters and their timeless teachings.