Emotional intelligence is hearing everything you say. Another tool I use before I answer the phone is that I pause, I breathe, I smile, I say hello. Emotional intelligence shows up in the physical body, sunken shoulders, crossed arms against the chest. And do you notice people rolling their eyes when something was said that they didn’t really want to hear or agree with? Emotional intelligence is the ability to free ourselves from the eye rolls, the head scratches, the throat clearing, and be able to digest and listen to all words without reaction. Through our experiences we can then expand, ultimately being able to share our lessons. All those tough times will help nobody, not even yourself if you don’t take to to reflect and practice non-judgement.
I learned at Seduction of Spirit with davidji that Deepak likes to use the acronym STOP, a word that helps one achieve Emotionally Intelligence. Deepak reminds us that others can actually feel the ripple of your emotional energy.
- S stands for STOP
- O stands for OBSERVE
- D stands for DETACHMENT
- A stands for AWAKEN
So, be mindful to act with kindness, and be the most magnificent version of yourself possible. Remember to pause, and STOP, so you can awaken your Pure Potentiality and express your Dharma.
Notes from Seduction of Silence,
Learn to walk and look like a model, taught by Deborah Shemesh, former national editorial model and featured Hotel California image of the late 70′s. Runway walking with Deborah Shemesh is a workshop which will include proper posturing, presenting your best self, and photography practice. As an expert, I will teach you how to make the proper entrance and exit to a room for an audition, interview or a lasting First Impression. The more you want to learn about the expressive field of modeling is available to all who desire to present their best self.
This workshop is held at my North Street Studio located in downtown Sebastopol. For more information about creating your First Impression, please visit the First Impression link on the website. Bring a friend and they will receive half off the listed price.
I am not defined by the label of my disease. It took me years, perhaps decades to figure this out, but in hindsight, I now know with my whole heart, I am more than just this body. The joy I experience is immeasurable when I look up into the sky each and every day, whether there is rain, snow, sunshine, moonlight or starlight I feel connected and a part of the whole. When I gaze into the eyes of children, teenagers, peers, seniors, I see myself in them, I no longer feel separate from others. My eyes are wide open and I feel profound gratitude for life.
A few of things I have learned a long the way of living with active cancer are listed below. As my awareness expands, so will this blog. It is my hope you come back regularly as I add to this ongoing list of lessons learned. I’ve learned most importantly to live passionately!
- I am not the label of my disease, I am beyond statistics.
- I am more kind to my body, and nourish the needs of my body.
- I take time to play, dance, create, and just be.
- I learned that I was living in fear, this fear is no longer.
- I learned how to reward myself after each test; either through my favorite foods or see a movie.
- I learned to love deeper and greater.
- I learned to forgive myself and others.
- I learned that by my body getting ill, it was calling out for silence, and a new pattern of living.
- I learned to quiet my mind.
- I learned that my life is built up by my participation in it. To be whole, I had to live fully.
- I learned that quality of life is more important than quantity.
- I learned to surrender to statistics.
- I learned to dream big, bigger, and even beyond dreams.
- I learned to adopt a new perspective beyond science.
- I learned that everything comes from the mind, and to live from the end, become what I envision.
- I learned that everything I see is indeed inside of me.
- I continue to embrace life, and desire to share my learnings.
- I learned empathy, compassion, patience, greater knowledge and greater joy.
- I learned I am not as fragile as I believed, or sometimes as I was treated.
- I learned my spirit was stronger than by body.
- I learned to simply be.
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