Empathy in the Middle East

Pia Ault, MS, licensed DEI Trainer shares the experience of her recent empathy workshop in Saudi Arabia. A few months ago, I was invited to hold a workshop on Dynamic Emotional Integration® in Saudi Arabia, at a large government university (male only) for managers and directors. As men and boys are typically part of what we call the exile group – that is, a group who are … Read More

Why Love is Not an Emotion

Emotions are vital aspects of your cognition, your conscious awareness, your social skills, and your ability to communicate — and each one has a unique reason for arising. Every emotion has a specific function, a specific purpose, and a specific action for you to complete so that it can move on and make room for your next emotion, your next thought, and your next idea. Author and … Read More

How Close is Close Enough?

Licensed DEI® Trainer and Equine Assisted Coach Practitioner, Pia Ault, MS, reflects on her recent workshop: Co-Creation and Connection happened in abundance in last week’s “Let Go and Be Enough” horse-guided workshop in Dubai. When working with horses, we believe “pressure motivates but release teaches,” and six women applied this concept when actively moving and directing a 1000 lb animal around an arena. To get to … Read More

Introducing Emotion Swells: Reaching Life Destinations!

Emotion Swells New offerings from licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant Andrea Watkins! Long ago, before sextants or GPS, sailors navigated by using constellations, winds, and ocean waves. When it was daylight or the stars in the night sky were veiled by cloud cover, skilled navigators would slow down to feel the swells, harness the power of their fiery visions and dreams, and make adjustments to … Read More

Good boundaries and horse sense

To create boundaries or not to create boundaries, that is the question… Bobbi McIntyre I can tell you from personal experience about living with an open heart (without boundaries) and living with boundaries. I fell into the trap (as do others) of believing that living with an open heart is the epitome of love and/or spirituality. I learned it from my “boundary-less” mother and through spiritual … Read More

Five keys to an emotionally well-regulated workplace

You can create an emotionally healthy workplace! Karla McLaren, M.Ed. There are literally thousands of books and programs that target the workplace in terms of how to make people into better workers and thereby increase productivity. Empathically speaking, most of them fail because they completely overlook unsupported emotion work and how it can drive behavior, undermine relationships, and lead to needless burnout. If you understand emotion work and you … Read More

Hatred and the middle path

Bobbi McIntrye I saw a meme about love and hate going around Facebook, and I thought about the fact that people have never been taught how to work with emotions in an intentional and healthy way. We’ve learned it by watching others and reacting to the feelings triggered by the emotion. It’s easy to say “promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate” but … Read More

Maintaining empathy in the midst of deep conflict

Sherry Jean Olander There are a lot of emotions running through our country this week. Grief, Anger, Sadness, Confusion, Envy, Hate, Suicidal Urge, Shame, Fear… I’ve been reading posts and articles on Facebook – watching videos, and feeling so much empathy for all the victims, friends, family, and also those who are strangers to all involved, but still feel passionately about the terrible and tragic status … Read More

Your free Emotional Vocabulary List!

How strong is your emotional vocabulary? Karla McLaren, M.Ed. The more I talk to people about emotions, the more I realize how small our emotional vocabulary tends to be. People can get by with just a few words for their emotions, such as fine, unhappy, bummed, or stressed. This tiny vocabulary is a problem, because descriptive words help us understand ourselves and the world around us. … Read More

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