What three things that happened to you in the past week are you thankful for?

I processed the reasons I’d been procrastinating on a project, and since found it a wonderful source of creative expression. Approaching my work on it each day now with joy and enthusiasm.

The hot weather where I live has been cooling down recently.

I’ve meditated immediately on arising 3 times – rather than after my morning coffee. I appreciate that when I do that, my mind goes to stillness more quickly and profoundly. Setting a stretch goal to do it 3 times or more in the coming week

How can I have a better relation with myself so that I can feel less alone and less bored when I’m not seeking distractions or social interactions?

An age-old question. Who are we when we’re not doing, and simply being?

Most of us don’t know, because doing is Read more

Is gratitude connected along with maturity?

I’d say moreso with emotional maturity than with advancing age. Though that may be true also.

Cultivating emotional maturity has a tendency to peel back layers of deeply hidden false beliefs like peeling an onion. I happen to believe that beneath those layers is, within each of us, a magnificent god-being that progressively reveals itself as we do our emotional “work”.

And when the light of that revelation begins to seep out of the inner darkness, gratitude and joy just naturally follow.

Namaste!

Do you think having a purpose is a real thing, or should a person just do whatever his heart desires?

Personally, I think discovering a mission of service, or purpose that serves the greater good, is a useful guide to living a meaningful life.

It serves as a benchmark for the contributions one is making to humanity. For instance, Read more

What have you watched or heard recently that made you feel extremely grateful and lucky to have what you have today?

I suppose my sense of gratitude is influenced by outer events that are perceived by the senses. But for me, the deeper sense of gratitude follows from taking time for reflecting on what’s within. When I connect with my inner self, I’m better able to appreciate what presents in the outer world. For what is today.

I hope that’s not too woo-woo for you! (Smile)

Namaste!

Do people perform better if you think and speak positively towards them? Does the opposite hold true?

Yes, of course – in most cases. If your self-esteem is intact, receiving validation from others serves to reinforce it, thus increasing your potential for success in a given endeavor.

The opposite – negative outside messages – will tend to depress one’s performance if one has average self-esteem.

What does self-esteem have to do with this? Read more

Have you had a negative event happen to you that turned out to be very positive down the road?

Several failed relationships. The ending of each was traumatic at the time, regardless of which of us made the decision to end it.

I’ve heard it said that Read more

How does being vulnerable affect how people can connect?

Your level of vulnerability with yourself and others is the foundation for the depth, quality, and intimacy of every connection – including with yourself.

Yourself

It takes vulnerability to acknowledge that you’ve made mistakes. That you feel resultant guilt or shame (instead of repressing and ignoring your feelings), for example. Read more

As an entrepreneur, what does it take to be emotionally intelligent?

I’m curious about why your question is specific to entrepreneurs. The process for cultivating emotional intelligence is universal, regardless of the hats one wears. And it’s far beyond the scope of this response to give a step-by-step process for developing emotional intelligence. The important questions, as I see it, are: Read more

As a sensitive person prone to intense emotions, how do you promote emotional health?

I’ve responded to a similar question previously. You can find it HERE.

Cultivating emotional maturity will improve every aspect of one’s life. You’ll become more stable and resilient. You’ll have better health, less stress and anxiety. You’ll literally increase your lifespan.

Good luck!

Namaste!