Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.

Exploring Education of the Heart

Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.

Exploring Education of the Heart

Aristotle wrote, “Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.” What does that mean to you? Are you heart intelligent? You may be unaware that any type of education is not good enough. You’ve heard sayings like these before: follow your heart, speak from your heart, trust with your heart. This is exactly what Aristotle is talking about in this quote. He taught that the heart was the center of the body. In fact, he believed that the heart was the true “center” of the human body, and that the brain was not. Which of these organs do you follow the most as you explore your education and experiences?

Start With Your Individual Heart

The first area to explore in heart intelligence is the individual’s heart. Are you true to your own desires and needs?

  • Do you connect with the energy that comes from your emotions? Why do you have the emotions you have in various situations?
  • Are you aware of your thoughts and feelings? Do you know what your longings are and why they are present?
  • Do you feel alive and present when you are connected to your true passions?
  • Are you able to sit and contemplate each of the emotions you have and truly allow it to happen without labeling it wrong or right?

Consider the Relationship Heart Intelligence

Now, take a look at a few other ways to learn with your heart.

  • Do you allow your heart to guide you to the things you want? When creating goals or making decisions, does your heart lead your decisions?
  • Do you make decisions that feel right? You may think they are right, but do they feel right?
  • Do you accept others and not try to fix them or change them?
  • Do you connect to your future? Do you see your future and focus on it to ensure it comes to pass?
  • Do you take steps to move beyond challenges and resistance by seeing and feeling the best steps forward?

Listening to your heart is not just about personal relationships and daily life. It impacts your health and your business life as well. When you learn and grow based on your heart and your head, you can lead a more fulfilled life that you control. In short, if you want to live a different life or you wish to control the outcome of your life, you need to learn and grow from the heart.

Contributed by Rakesh Malhotra, Founder of Five Global Values (www.fiveglobalvalues.com) and Author of “Adventures of Tornado Kid, Whirling Back Home Towards Timeless Values”.  Passionately determined to uncover the mystery of human behavior. His fascination with the influence of core values on human behavior stems from a career which has seen rise from an entry-level sales job to that of a seasoned CEO. Having worked, lived, or traveled to more than 40 countries, he has been able to study performance and human behavior across all cultures. Follow me @FiveValues

 

Value of Embracing Differing Perspectives

To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.

To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.

A great majority of people believe that accepting others’ perspectives can potentially indicate their defeat in an argument. Nevertheless, they are able to see complexities of a situation and make a better judgment by giving rightful value to others’ opinions. This judgment may not only be appropriate for themselves, but also for their opponents. A win-win situation can only be created when you are able to listen to others without making prior judgments. It demands courage, discipline, and acknowledgment skills.

Listen to What Others Have to Say: Make earnest efforts to discover what your opponent thinks about the concerned issue. Pay attention to his/her concerns, motives, and goals. Modify your thinking to understand the basis of his/her point of view. You are likely to get the most out of a situation only if you comprehend your opponent’s feelings and interests.

Admit Valid Opinions: In our world, a person’s mindset, belief system, and personal experiences are different from others. Something that seems to be chaotic to one person may be the other person’s technique to achieve the same ambition. A difference in ideas does not lessen significance of any opinion. Every situation can make sense once you are able to expand your thinking to figure out validity of your opponent’s stance.

Know What Your Attitude Shows: The key to understand other people’s perspectives is compassion and empathy. Your attitude signifies a lot about your perceptions. It is rather easy to evaluate a situation when you keep outcomes less important. You should alter your thinking to make a rapport with others.

Considering a battle ground, both sides assume to be battling for right reasons. If they expand their perspectives, they can easily realize that humanity exists beyond borders of their respective countries. For any situation or argument, it is important to consider every minute detail as it can be right or wrong in ways that are beyond your comprehension.

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