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Building Emotional Intelligence

A poem for this evening.  We can often feel disconnected from our heart, our purpose, and our sense of belonging.  Invoking a sense of emotional purpose and connection is often accomplished through stories, poems, and art.  Here is one I enjoyed recently.  To access the resource, either read aloud, read with your eyes, or to experience depth of richness and nurturing, have a trusted other read aloud to you.  



May you be powerfully loving and lovingly powerful; may you always have love be your guide with your family and friends and colleagues, remember to listen carefully to your own heart and the heart of others.

May you have the courage to always follow your dreams, take an action everyday to support your life’s dream, your love nature and your integrity.

May you have the strength to overcome fear and pride, and instead follow what has heart meaning for you.

May you be guardians of truth, beauty, creativity, and laughter.

May you protect, preserve, and care for Mother Nature and the wilderness.

May you show respect to all people and all ages and all races and help all living things keep their dignity.

May you help make a better world for the poor, the sick, the elderly, and other children.  be an active, committed, and positive force in your community.

May you value and maintain your health and the health and well-being of others.

May you respect all the ways humans access their own spirituality.

May you create a global community committed to peace and non violence.

May you keep learning, asking questions, exploring, discovering, and always maintaining curiosity and hope.

May you honor and respect diversity and the beauty and magic that occurs when differences join to create something far greater than one could imagine.

May you constantly bring your gifts and talents forward everyday without hesitation or reservation.

May you honor your ancestors and all those who have gone before you for they have paved the way for you to do what you are here to do.

May butterflies remind you of your soul’s beauty and the exquisite contribution that your presence makes in the world everyday.


Poem taken from Building Emotional Intelligence by Linda Lantieri, with introduction by Daniel Goleman.  


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