Rebel Wisdom – ignite, inspire, transform


When our existing assumptions and ways of thinking break down, it’s the rebels and the renegades, those who dare to think differently, who need to reboot the system.

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Sunday Random phrases and HyperCreativity.


  1. Jaws of Life Meaning: Usually this references a tool used by rescuers when they pry or cut open a car to save the occupant. I relate this to my struggle with life 4.5 years ago and when in an unconscious state I was in a deep dream and saw the Jaws of Death and me inside a Grave with many people bleeding around me, crying. I then saw the light and remembered the story of Plato’s cave.  It was an experience I would not like to go thru again. 
  2. Hit Below The Belt Meaning: A boxing term. Also often used to refer to inappropriate words, or comments that are too personal. That’s nasty. sometimes though the Brutally honest and politically incorrect feedforward I write are killer words and they hurt.  They do not mean hitting below the belt but infact, they go below the thickest of the skins and cause hurt.
  3. Flea Market Meaning: A type of bazaar where inexpensive goods are sold or bartered. Long time, since I visite such a market. may be one day! may get some story ideas. 
  4. There’s No I in Team Meaning: To not work alone, but rather, together with others in order to achieve a certain goal. When there is an I in a team, there is no one left in the team. Quote by me 🙂 
  5. Wake Up Call Meaning: An occurance of sorts that brings a problem to somebody’s attention and they realize it needs fixing.  Early morning I sent some thought provoking messages to one mentor and a thinker about the Toastmasters. They are great people. Took the point on board for thinking through immediately. 
  6. Jack of All Trades Master of None Meaning: Having suitable skill in multiple things, but not being an expert in any of them.  Even using Malcolm Gladwell’s 10000 hours advice – I still can’t call myself an expert on many things.  we still need others to acknowledge our expertise. 
  7. Tough It Out Meaning: To remain resillient even in hard times; enduring.  An astrologer recently said, the Saturn phase is going to last till 2020. There were warnings and interesting solutions proposed. Thinking….
  8. Man of Few Words Meaning: A person who does not speak a great deal; someone who talks with as few words as possible. Yesterday, I struggled again ! At Terror / Table topic speech. But the humorous speech contest was wonderful. I quite liked the ‘Jean’-etics story and the Kaamwali Mirabai stories. Great speakers. I need to learn a lot. 
  9. You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks Meaning: It can be challenging to teach a person something new. True and I am trying the Pathways project going forward to hone speaking skills.
  10. Tug of War Meaning: It can refer to the popular rope pulling game or it can mean a struggle for authority.  One mentee tried to intervene and get my opinion about an ex mentee. I have no malice. I said if you get along well – who am I to interfere. 

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ENGAGE Issue 137
Wednesday 18th July 2018.

by Rachel Green, Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute
www.theEIinstitute.com
Welcome to this week’s Engage newsletter. A big hello to all our new subscribers from around the world including from Canada, the USA and Australia. Thanks for joining us.

How meditation can ease anxiety
Anxiety is an emotion that few of us like. Yet we all get anxious from time to time. Some of us have more anxious episodes than others and for some, anxiety is an almost constant companion. However, most of us would like to reduce anxiety.

Just as developing greater skills in emotional intelligence involves many techniques and strategies, there isn’t just one way to learn how to reduce anxiety, there are many ways.

One key way is meditation. Mindfulness meditation, and meditation generally, is coming increasingly under the scientific spotlight. It is now a much sought-after and proven technique for managing your emotions. Specifically it has been found to help people reduce and soothe anxiety.

For those people with minor levels of anxiety, meditation may be all that is needed to help reduce it. For most people with anxiety however, meditation may work best when used as an adjunct to other therapies.

In Perth, Western Australia? Free meditation course in August.

On each Tuesday evening In August 2018 I am teaching a free course on “Meditation for beginners: How to use meditation to reduce stress and anxiety”. I have used meditation to overcome panic attacks and have had a regular meditation practice for over 30 yrs. It is free and is on Tuesday evening 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August – get there for 6.50pm finish at 8.30 pm. At Armadale hospital, Albany Highway, in the building where the after-hours clinic is, (used to be community health). People are requested to attend all four sessions as they each build upon the previous one.

Emotional intelligence skills: What is meditation?

Let me describe meditation very simply to you, as really it is simple.

Meditation helps people monitor and calm their minds. In meditation people focus on a single, wholesome object, e.g. breathing in and breathing out; or on a phrase such as “peace and calm”, and so on.

While they are paying attention to this object they watch their mind in case it drifts away onto thoughts, memories, sensations, regrets, planning, criticisms or other distractions. If this happens, which it invariably does, they gently bring it back to focusing on their meditation object, instead of commenting on the thoughts that arise. They do this over and over again.

In essence that is what meditation is.

Want to learn how to meditate? Our professionally produced recordings “Happy not hassled” explain how to meditate, what to do if you think you can’t and how to manage your emotions through meditation, and they include four guided meditations of different lengths and types so you can practise in the comfort of your own home.

Course: Meditation for beginners

For those of you who are keen to learn some meditation and live in the Perth area, I am letting you know that the Armadale Meditation Group is re-running its course on “Meditation for beginners: How to use meditation to reduce stress and anxiety“. I am teaching it and have used meditation to overcome panic attacks and have had a regular meditation practice for over 30 yrs.

It is free and it is on every Tuesday evening in August – get there for 6.50pm finish at 8.30 pm. At Armadale hospital in the building where the after-hours clinic is, (used to be community health). People are requested to attend all four sessions as they each build upon the previous one.

Tuesday, 7th August 2018
Tuesday, 14th August 2018
Tuesday, 21st August 2018
Tuesday, 28th August 2018

Emotional intelligence skills: How can our mind increase anxiety?

Various thoughts can start and build anxiety. When we think to ourselves. “What if I can’t pay the mortgage?” or “What if I broke down?” or “What if I get sick?” anxiety can attach itself to them.

The more energy and attention we give to these thoughts, and the more we believe them, and the more we focus on them, the more likely anxiety is to grow.

For example, if we say, “What if I break down?” and then say to ourselves, “Oh that would be awful, what on earth would I do, it will be late at night and if I got out of my car I could get mugged, and then no one would know as Jonathan is away and I could be left for hours without being able to get help and I might die”.

This sequence of thoughts escalates anxiety. One thought leads to another thought and so a proliferation of thoughts occurs and we are in the grip of anxiety.

Emotional intelligence skills: How can meditation help manage anxiety?

  1. It can teach us how to recognise an anxious or negative thought as soon as it arises.
  2. It teaches us how to let the thought go without agreeing with or adding to the thought, so we don’t give it power or energy.
  3. We learn it is “just a thought”, and so don’t worry about it or believe it.
  4. It teaches us to return to our object or the present moment instead of focusing on the thought, idea or sensation that may promote or develop our anxiety.
  5. When we return to focusing on our calming object, at this point, peacefulness and calm can build and anxiety diminish.
  6. It teaches us that peacefulness is already inside us, we just have to get out of the way and let it arise. Anxiety does not usually occur in the present moment when we are focusing fully on what we are doing (in my experience, anyway).

Instead, anxiety is often brought about by thinking about an anticipated negative future, that may never arise.

Meditation helps to keep us in the present moment and stops us becoming attached to thoughts that can start or nurture our anxiety.

Learn how to meditate now. Our professional recordings “Happy not hassled” will guide you through four different meditations and give you instructions on how to meditate and how to use meditation to manage your emotions.

Joke Corner

Thanks to John Ingram in Western Australia for this week’s joke.

The duck is dead

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away.”

The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?” “Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet.

“How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.”

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck’s owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.”

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman.

The duck’s owner, still in shock, took the bill. “$150!” she cried, “$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!”

The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it’s now $150.”

Summary

There is now measurable, scientific evidence that practising meditation produces positive changes in brain functioning and strengthens the immune system. Gain the benefits from the “Happy not hassled” recordings or join me at the free meditation classes in August. I hope you find peace and calm this week!

Talk next week,
Blessings
Rachel.

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Disclaimer: The information in this magazine is of a general nature and may not suit everyone or every situation. While every care has been taken to ensure it is useful and appropriate, no responsibility can be taken for the results gained from its implementation. Please seek individual professional guidance for any difficulties with your people skills, emotions or emotional intelligence

What is True Freedom?


WHAT IS TRUE FREEDOM?: By freedom I mean freedom from afflictions, from anger, and from despair. If you have anger in you, you have to transform anger in order to get your freedom back. If there is despair in you, you need to recognize that energy and not allow it to overwhelm you. You have to practice in such a way that you transform the energy of despair and attain the freedom you deserve – the freedom from despair.

You can practice freedom every moment of your daily life. Every step you take can help you reclaim your freedom. Every breath you take can help you develop and cultivate your freedom. When you eat, eat as a free person. When you walk, walk as a free person. When you breathe, breathe as a free person. This is possible anywhere.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Spirituality is a positive attitude towards life.


Spirituality is a positive attitude towards life.

Spirituality must make man more human. It is a positive attitude of releasing all that is good, noble and beautiful in man. It also contributes to all that is gracious and lovely in the environment.

It does not require the external renunciation of worldly activities or the avoiding of duties and responsibilities.

It only requires that, while performing the worldly activities or discharging the responsibilities arising from the specific place and position of the individual, the inner spirit should remain free from the burden of desires.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-32 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]

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NGAGE Issue 134
Tuesday 19th June 2018.

by Rachel Green, Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute
www.theEIinstitute.com
Welcome to this week’s Engage newsletter. I hope you are happy and well. This week, all our new subscribers are from Australia. It’s great to have you with us. It is finally winter in Western Australia and I am thrilled to see the drought end and the rain fall. I hope the weather is being kind to you wherever you are.

Stress shrinks your brain: How to stop it

We live in a society that is stressful. How can emotional intelligence help? Feeling stressed is an emotion. How we respond to it and how easily it is triggered in us are both signs of how emotionally intelligent we are.

There are emotionally intelligent ways to handle stress, and there are ways that are not emotionally intelligent.

What do you do to stop yourself feeling stressed, under pressure or overwhelmed? What do you do when these stressed feelings arise? How quickly can you turn them around?

Let’s look at how we can handle all our responsibilities, but still be relaxed and live an emotionally healthy life by applying emotionally intelligent ways to reduce or handle stress.

Handle Stress tip 1: Write down your priorities

Identify your priorities. Write them down. Put them somewhere where you can see them easily. And read them. And read them often. Keep reminding yourself of your priorities and attend to them first. And then, of course, the big one, do your priorities!

Handle stress tip 2: Learn to say no (politely)

In order to meet your priorities you need to be able to say “no” to other opportunities that come your way.

Do not simply agree to do activities or tasks, just because you’ve been asked. Do not simply watch an interesting TV program just because it’s on. Don’t say “yes” just because something is interesting or nice. You do not have the time to do everything that is nice. Learn to say “no, thank you” nicely and firmly; and to stick to it.

Handle stress tip 3: Look after your health

When stress and pressure increase most people stop doing what they need to do to stay healthy. This is the time you must do what you need to do to stay healthy.

  • Eat even healthier food.
  • Go to bed even earlier.
  • Exercise even more.

Look after yourself at times of stress and then you’ll cope much better with the pressure.

Handle stress tip 4: Increase your Vitamin B intake

A clinical trial conducted at Swinburne University of Technology, by Professor Con Stough and his team, showed that those who took Vitamin B supplements over a three month period had lower levels of stress at the end of the trial period than when they began the study. In comparison the group who were given a placebo had no significant difference.

Easy meditations to calm your mind.

Are you frantic? Do you feel stressed, anxious or exhausted? Having trouble sleeping? Let these MP3s guide you through four easy-to-do meditations so you feel relaxed and calm. Learn how to use meditation to manage your emotions each day. Be calm. Be at ease. Let stress fall away. Get the “Happy not hassled” MP3 recordings here: www.theeiinstitute.com/ei-institute-store/happy-not-hassled-easy-meditations-to-calm-your-emotions.html

Handle Stress tip 5: Clear out your head

During the day most of us pick up a lot of negativity and dirt in our heads. We hear anger outbursts, we generate our own frustrations, and people are negative in how they talk to us or e-mail us.

All this dirt can stick in our minds. Just as you wash your body each day, get into the habit of clearing away your mind dirt, of getting rid of any negativity, resentments or anxieties that you have picked up during the day.

How you do this, whether through meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, dance, tapping, painting, voice toning, singing or other cleansing energising activity, doesn’t matter. It does matter that you do it. Don’t be worn down by negative junk in your mind. It is all part of stress and you don’t need it.

Be Happy not hassled

Worried that you can’t get rid of the stress. Try meditating. I use it regularly and it helps to keep me calm. We have some very popular meditation audio-downloads that can guide you to peace on our “Happy not hassled” MP3s.

Joke Corner

Thanks to Angelee Deodhar, in India, for today’s joke.

Driving on the Freeway.

An old man was driving down the Freeway at 22 kilometres per hour. He never went above or below. An officer noticed and followed him a while and then pulled him over. Before the officer could even get to the window the man was saying “I was not speeding, the speed limit is 22 kph and that is exactly what I was doing, I was not speeding”.

The police officer said, “I didn’t pull you over for speeding, I pulled you over for going too slow”.

The man said “But the sign says 22”.

The officer told him that he was on state route 22. As the man shook his head, the officer noticed that there were three older ladies sitting inside the car. All of them were sitting with their mouths hanging open. Their faces were very white and their hair was completely messy.

The police officer leaned toward the man and said “What is wrong with them?”

The man said “Well, we just came off state route 134”.

Summary

May your stress diminish and may you be able to stay calm in the face of negativity – let it wash over you. Learn how to slow down on the freeway of life with the guided meditations on our “Happy not hassled” MP3 recordings. Your brain will thank you.

Talk next week,
Blessings
Rachel.

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Disclaimer: The information in this magazine is of a general nature and may not suit everyone or every situation. While every care has been taken to ensure it is useful and appropriate, no responsibility can be taken for the results gained from its implementation. Please seek individual professional guidance for any difficulties with your people skills, emotions or emotional intelligence.

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