Spirituality – our relationship with all that is Your spiritual journey is not about becoming someone else or what others feel you should be. It is about becoming your true self and learning to fully engage in the experience of living. Through this process, you learn to connect with the limitless energy that exists within and without your internal and external universe; all the while understanding, that what you are seeking is unknown and indefinable. This exploration is secular. Should you have an existing spiritual belief that includes a Higher Power, you will likely become closer to that Higher Power. You will become comfortable with the mystery of the unknown in life, through maintaining a simple faith – faith in the process. Each individual’s path is created through the connection with others and with the universe. One who chooses to embark on this path, will inevitably achieve greater clarity, insights, creativity and serenity, through a renewed relationship with and access to spiritual energy – the undefined ‘what is’.
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Energy | Part 2 – tapping the power within and without With disciplined, deliberate, clear awareness, you will begin placing the tools and perspectives aside that are no longer useful nor necessary for your success. They will be replaced with tools and attitudes that are conscious and consistent with the essence of your true self. In addition, you will immediately see how your increased energy provides clarity to pragmatically deal with and solve specific challenges in your life.
Attitudes – perceptions and perspectives of what is
This exercise will focus on your 6 key components of attitudes:
1. Character: This includes the features and traits which form the very essence of who you are.
2. Mental state: Your ability to be present and see things as they are.
3. Moods: Your emotional state changes are a reflection of your ability to be present to your feelings.
4. Temperament: This is the way you respond or react to an event, situation or person.
5. Posture: Your inner being manifests through your body.
6. Perspectives: Your belief and value system form the core from which you bring meaning to what you see and experience.
Responsibility – conscious accountability
This exercise will focus on 4 key areas of responsibility in caring for yourself:
1. Mentally – keeping yourself engaged in learning and increasing your practical knowledge of life.
2. Physically – doing an activity, something you can do on a daily basis and truly commit to.
3. Emotionally – developing your awareness of what you are feeling or experiencing, accepting your feelings and responding in an authentic and mindful way.
4. Spiritually – connecting with and appreciating the profound gift of being alive.
Values – your inner compass A key measure of your character is the values you embody. Your values are a blueprint of what you honor most in life. In this exercise, we will be exploring your core values; how they act as an inner compass and how, in times of change, they can be the iron will that aids your perseverance, or the albatross that weighs you down and blinds you to ‘what is’.
Gratitude – recognizing and appreciating what is Living life with “an attitude of gratitude”, simply seeing the glass as “half full” instead of “half empty”, allows you to see opportunities in situations, with an openness to change. While others may react negatively to change or a situation, you are able to be disciplined, calm and see the event as a challenge instead of a problem. Another virtue of living with a perspective of gratitude, is freedom – freedom from fear, which allows you to see with unrestricted and authentic clarity.
Commitment – the core of our essence The most critical commitment that one can make, is to oneself: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. If you do not take care of yourself on these levels, you will not be able to fulfill your commitments to your family and loved ones, or your work. As we take care of ourselves, we develop mindfulness, which enables us to be present and aware in the moment. Through this committed practice, patience, clarity and true abundance will flourish.
Trust – believing in yourself and the process Trust in others is a key component in leading people. It starts with trusting what you are feeling and reflecting that trust to others. When you are committed to practicing rigorous honesty with yourself, you will discover how contagious trust is. This powerful trust can take you on a vibrant, abundant path of growth.
Shame – the deep loss of self-worth Shame is a powerful and destructive feeling because it most often involves a profound loss of self-worth. No one – including executives and leaders, is exempt from experiencing shame in his or her lifetime. And while many leaders will not willingly admit to feeling a ‘loss of self-worth’, in fact, the intense and demanding pressures and responsibilities that come with leadership often make them more vulnerable to shame than others.
Guilt – living with regret The line between ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ guilt can be illusive. It is therefore imperative to have a clear understanding of each. Healthy guilt begins with the recognition that you have made a bad decision. Then, with a conscious presence, you accept the fact that you cannot go back and change it, and ultimately choose to accept it. Negative guilt begins with resisting what happened…“How could I have made such a poor decision?”… “I should have seen this coming.”… “If only I had……”. In the long-term, there is a significant internal corrosive effect that will stay with us as long as we continue to deny our feelings.
Anger – balancing the fire It is said that anger is the single greatest source of stress, imbalance and unhappiness. The seed of anger lies within us all. If we thoughtfully examine the times we become angry, what we feel angry about and who is present when our anger arises, we can then begin to recognize safe and productive ways to express our feelings. By accepting that sometimes we experience angry feelings and by giving ourselves permission to feel angry, we free ourselves to feel all of our feelings – not just the angry ones.
Communication – authentic connecting To communicate authentically, your ability to listen is every bit as vital as the words you choose. If you genuinely and consistently listen, those around you will see and feel it; as a result, you will gain their trust and openness. By simply reflecting or reframing what you have just heard or seen, you will be perceived as a strong communicator. The more present you are, the more clearly you can identify what you are feeling and what you want to communicate.
Control – the delicate nature of power One of the great challenges that every leader confronts, is finding clarity in what they have or don’t have control over and knowing how and when to use that power. In addition, it is imperative that a leader listen to their instincts and act accordingly during challenging times. This all begins with an awareness of energy management, because control can be extremely draining both intellectually and physiologically. You must learn to accept you cannot do everything or control everything and with some examination, you may find you don’t even want to. As a result, you learn to trust and rely on others.
Justification – accountability for one’s actions As we begin to see how our actions or inactions contribute to our problems, we awaken our inner commitment to our true self. We once again understand the value of the discipline of rigorous honesty with ourselves and with others. We begin to identify areas where we justify our way through problems. We see our own pretenses, increase our self-awareness and regain our personal honesty. As new patterns in our leadership skills develop, we begin to create solutions to challenges that at one time seemed insurmountable.
Resentments – the elephant in the room Here lies a great paradox: resentment may not have any direct negative effect on the actual person resented (other than the likely deterioration of the relationship involved); however, the toxic energy of resentment deeply affects the person holding it, as well as those closest to them. In addition to the current challenges we experience by holding onto resentments, these same resentments may become a barrier to creating healthy relationships in the future. Moreover, we may experience a lack of personal and emotional growth, difficulty in trusting others and a loss of self-confidence, self-awareness and spiritual energy.
Acceptance – the power of being present You are now at the midpoint, the center of our exploration for abundant, vibrant energy. Acceptance is the key that will unlock the very tools you have been working on. It is the key to mastering the warrior within. Through acceptance you will learn to see patterns that others may not see and to identify solutions that come only with clarity, awareness from having faith “in the process”.
Equanimity – balance in the face of adversity Equanimity is inner balance, the skill of creating stability and calm in the face of trouble- even chaos. It is a space where you are able to consciously still your mind and develop an ease that comes with seeing the bigger picture. You are in the flow; you are present and able to identify any anger, anxiety, fear, negativity and self-doubt of that moment and let it all go. Moreover, you are able to see the possible solutions, necessary actions and positive outcomes that others do not or cannot see.
Accessibility – by way of conscious boundaries As we explore accessibility, you will find this tool can generate different perspectives and opportunities that might never have been considered. Change is an absolute; we either flow with change or become a victim of change. Consciously connecting with different perspectives, experiences, attitudes and ideas will often lead to a powerful network of the collective intelligence and insights of select others. Conscious boundaries provide you the tools to be accessible to growth and true abundance.
Emotional Boundaries – defining who we are Emotional boundaries are the edge which define us as separate from others. They are also a valuable skill that can be used to meaningfully connect with the people in our lives. As we learn to build healthy boundaries, we gain clarity of the essence of who we are and how we want to relate with others. We learn how to protect ourselves from the ignorance and ill-intent of others, as well as from energy thieves. These emotional boundaries are limits which promote integrity and are a significant key on our Journey towards Self Actualization.
Fear – the dark seed within us all Ironically, the key to conquering fear is to not resist it. Recognizing fear within ourselves and practicing acceptance of it are powerful tools. It is imperative we learn to identify the many faces of fear and accept them – without reacting to them. As we begin to understand that giving inappropriate attention to the past or future allows fear’s illusory reality to control us, we learn to be present in the moment. We begin to see that we cannot control what has happened in the past, nor can we control future events. As a result, we are able to act on the one thing we do have control over: the present moment . . . there, we find inner balance and clarity.
Self-Worth – conscious appreciation of who you are You will see a new beginning – one that shows us that we are worthwhile people, even if we have made mistakes. Eventually, we will learn to accept ourselves as we are, to respect ourselves for what we have lived through and to appreciate the exceptional qualities that are essential to our unique personalities and spirits. This is a significant step in self-discovery, where we explore the unconscious, underdeveloped and denied aspects of our being and embrace the opportunity to fully develop our potential that lies within.
Honesty – truthfulness in thought and action We ask that you be honest with yourself about yourself. Our part, our response to others and our interactions with others, are the only things for which we are responsible. Here we face the reality of our circumstances, where we accept our lives for what they are, based upon the facts. Our purpose is to see who we are, how we became this way and the characteristics that are ours to work with. With this intention, we take a positive step towards self-actualization.
Energy | Part 1 – identifying that which depletes your energy One of the most challenging tasks you will have is to unlearn some of the very habits and perspectives that have been useful in keeping you going. These have likely been some of the depleters of your inner energy and your spirit. The process of unlearning is a life-long commitment, with unimaginable returns.