Me, Myself and Mind® – March 2013 Emotional Intelligence Newsletter, By Roberta Swartz
March fools me every year. Despite plenty of experience that shows me otherwise, when March rolls around I always feel the urge to dig in the earth and to begin planting. The reality is that the ground is still frozen and in Western Montana we must wait until late May for the weather to settle enough for outdoor gardening. Patience is definitely a virtue! It can be humbling when we must follow mother nature’s lead even when we want to do otherwise.
In the natural flow of life, there is a time to rest and a time to take action. We must sleep at night in order to function well during the day. We must both inhale and exhale. Our inhalation is more active, our exhalation more passive, yet it takes both to support life. The month of March can be like an exhalation, a time that is more passive. Yet, we can still be passively active by sowing new ideas. We can prepare and get ready so that when the time is right we can take action with purpose and direction.
Prior to every action there is a thought. The thought is passive, the action, well, is active! It takes both the thought and the action to create our goal. Whether planting a garden or starting a new career, our goals begin in the more passive state of our thoughts, our ideas and our imagination.
The conscious mind thinks in words but the subconscious mind thinks in images, feelings and sensory awareness. In other words, it is our imagination. Even if you have “a knowing” you are using your creative mind or your emotional intelligence. When we combine both thought and imagination, we connect on a universal level that can be powerful in helping us to reach our goals.
What if you could create what you really want with greater ease and with better results?
What if you could relax, let go and let things happen while you still do your part?
I’ll be posting a monthly challenge for you to participate in each month to help strengthen your emotional intelligence. Do your best, have fun and please feel free to post your experiences. We are all in this together.
Monthly challenge: Plant a seed about pursuing a new goal. Speak this out loud. For example: I’m thinking about moving to Europe for a business opportunity. Should I do this?
During this more passive time of sowing new ideas and new possibilities, pay attention to what happens in response to your thought. How does it make you feel? What takes place around you as time passes? Without being attached to outcome and without pushing too hard, do certain doors close and other doors open? Do some pieces seems to magically fall into place while others seem to create discord? Pay attention. Yes, we must still do our part but when things are meant to be, the pieces flow smoothly together in our favor. This may or may not match what we think we want. Be sure to check your sense of self and know that you deserve to be successful!
After decades of using mostly IQ, left brain intelligence to rule our choices in life, it is time to bring emotional intelligence on board. When we do, we create a stronger working balance between the hemispheres of our brain and this supports a happier, healthier life.