Twenty four hours without your electronic gadgets? Curse or blessing? A blessing when you know these Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises.
Emotional Fitness Training’s (EFT) Twelve Easy Exercises turn everyday happenings into exercises that strengthen your emotional fitness – what the gurus call Emotional Intelligence. Each exercise is based on both research and what wise men and women have taught those seeking the good life to practice down the ages. Daily practice of all twelve is a certain path to the good life. To be most helpful each exercise must be practiced with full awareness. That is done by meditating before and after the exercise. Sound too difficult? Not once you have learned and practiced EFT’s One Minute Meditation. Read on to learn how to OMM.
- Breathe in slowly through your mouth to a count of four
- Hold your breath for a count of seven.
- Breathe out slowly out your nose for a count of eight.
- Breathe normally and simply observe how it feels to breathe in and out.
- If thoughts make their presence known, observe them and continue breathing; the same with feelings. Both are ever changing.
- At the end of a minute, sooner if you want, repeat the first three steps and as you breathe out, say a silent “Ahhhhhh” or “Thank you” while smiling softly.
Practice the OMM until you can do it comfortably and without having to read the exercise. That takes as little as five times for some, twenty-five for others.
Here’s an added bonus: the OMM can be used to calm you when stress mounts. When you are aware of being stressed, OMM. To strengthen its effect as a calming tool, after the first breath, add a two or three word calming mantra as you continue breathe in and out. “Life goes on” works for some, “Staying strong” for others, still others craft their own mantra.
All of the exercises with the exception of Move Your Body are designed to be practiced in a minute or two. This means they can be practiced multiple times during the busiest day and the more practiced the more you strengthen your emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence, the ability to manage negative feelings, is more important than wealth, brains, or beauty in living the good life.
Some words about The Mission. The importance of caring is a long recognized value. Across all ages, throughout all religions and all philosophies, it is believed the good life cannot be found unless it involves being caring and just. EFTI calls this The Mission. We are all charged with moving the world forward by remembering and acting on the mission.
The wisdom of the ages has been upheld by research. Study after study has shown that being kind and caring, forgiving others for their flaws, forgiving yourself for not being perfect, and working with others to make the world a better place matters far more than the things we own, the way we look, or what degrees with have. Remember The Mission, act on it and enjoy the good life. .
Thank you for all you do to Practice Kindness. Liking, commenting, or sharing any social media you find helpful is one way to be kind to yourself and to others. It may seem like a little, however, doing a little matters a lot.
This post was inspired by a Word Press DAILY PROMPT Terminal Time: You’re at the airport, your flight is delayed for six more hours, and none of your electronic devices is working. How do you pass the time?
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