Category: Loving Kindness

Meditation and Yoga for Improving Emotional-Intelligence and Leadership Skills

Meditation and Yoga has an important role for building emotional-intelligence and leadership skills for corporate people as well as for the individuals in every social endeavor. Meditation and yoga improves our alertness, personal values and beliefs. They help building strength, character, good relationships with others, our connection to the Nature and beyond. Emotional intelligence brings compassion, love, sharing, caring and humanity to the business and work areas. ..
Our self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced by the excessive and chronic release of adrenaline in the system. Excessive stress deprives the brain of the oxygen needed to keep our thinking calm and rational. Thus excessive stress reduces our emotional awareness. Hence, with chronic stress we can’t focus our attention and we lose our ability to identify our own emotions and those of others….

Yoga trains us to pay attention specifically to the feelings in the body during the movement. For effective emotional intelligence we need to bring our awareness first to the body and then to the mind. Yoga prepares us for building body-intelligence. Body-intelligence includes the successful processing and interpretation of information from all our senses and responses.

Meditation increases self-awareness. It helps us to breathe slowly, which keeps us relaxed and allow us to listen better. With the increase of self-awareness we manage our behavior and we don’t say things impulsively that will get us in difficulty. Continue reading

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Empathy, Meditation and Loving Kindness

Empathy, meditation and loving kindness are intimately interconnected. What is empathy? The love of Mother Teresa, the love of Dalia Lama are the examples of empathy. Empathy is that aspect of human quality, which makes people to be kind towards other. Empathy is the mental capacity to experience the emotions, thoughts, feelings, or state of another person. It is the capacity to truly understand another person’s point of view. There are two major elements to empathy. The first is the cognitive component: Understanding the others feelings and the ability to take their perspective and the second element to empathy is the affective component. This is an observer’s appropriate emotional response to another person’s emotional state. Empathy are influenced by the environment, hormones and the genes. People with the “GG” gene displayed more caring and trusting nonverbal behaviors, like smiles, love, head nods, and eye contact, while listening to a loved one describe a time of suffering. Vipassana meditation loving kindness and yoga meditation all are interlinked. If one is missing, one can not complete the other. Although genes and environments are related to empathy, positive empathy and loving kindness meditation is a good way to expand the consciousness. Continue reading

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