Emotional Wisdom is the mental development of heart and mind. It’s a quality of awareness; a presence that allows us to reflect on our lives lovingly, and leverage this knowledge to connect in ways that touch, shape, and heal the global human heart.
One measure of Emotional Wisdom is in how consistently we manage ourselves when we are suffering. Suffering is often fed through our inattention or unawareness. We grow wise when we become more curious about the nature of our disturbances through an examination of our habits, history and heritage. By exploring our feelings, behaviors and expectations, we discover that we don’t have to hold on to our stories to learn from them. The idea is to turn toward what is difficult without attachment, aversion, or denial, and understand our part in both creating and relieving suffering.
When we can stay close to this moment with kindness and clear seeing, we are cultivating emotional wisdom. We discover that we can open to the humanness of others and ourselves without fear, and that people, just like us, do unskillful things out of pain and confusion. We have all suffered and we are all capable of unfathomable kindness, compassion, and joy.
The work of Emotional Wisdom is an inner journey that unifies mind and heart. We are not searching outside of ourselves; we are revealing to ourselves the depth of our true nature-which will be unique to each of us. While unique, this inner exploration is to be understood within a global context. We are not separate from what happens to and around us–we are a part of its creation through our thoughts and actions. Disturbances within our own hearts, in our relationships, our communities, our work, our land, the environment, and throughout the world are the gross result of our collective thoughts and actions. Our responsibility as global citizens is to become emotionally wise, and in so doing, we contribute to balancing global disorder and peace.
Written by this lovely lady ~