Knowing Yourself

Mind Training Matters

I found an excellent talk from the website TED. Matthieu Ricard is a monk who emphasizes the importance of developing emotional intelligence. He presents the idea that we can train the mind so it handles situations in the way that we want to. Some of these monks have such intense control that when a bomb …

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Day 16 of 30 - No Complaining

No complaining can feel fake. I complain to get empathy. This social skill that I've strengthened and perfected over the last thirty years is no longer available. This isn't easy to let go. Like I said in my last update - Day 8 of No Complaining, I've fallen off the complaining wagon many times. I've …

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Day 8 of 30 - No Complaining

I can’t say that I was perfect. Man-o-man did I slip up more than once. I caught myself on the phone complaining to a co-worker about my salary. With so many people losing their jobs, I decided to stop myself in mid-sentence and I changed the topic. It may not be the perfect job, but …

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Day 1of 30 - No complaining

My first day of no complaining went well. My mood was especially chipper. I wasn't surprised by this because I could tell that I was on a mission. I wasn't going to succumb to the temptation of whining/complaining. I only noticed myself complain when I was interrupted in the middle of an email. My boss …

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