The course on emotional intelligence provides students and teachers with actionable knowledge about how to be aware and kindly take care of one’s thoughts and feelings, making conscious satisfying decisions and actions.
The course enables students to introspectively understand the connection between their emotions and the way they think.
Students learn how to develop a healthy relation with their insecurities, fears and dislikes and how to face them with inner fulfilment. Students learn the difference between internal and external resources and what they can do to accept unchangeable situations and to feel serene before surmountable obstacles.
Since a young age children come to understand how their mind works, how their conclusions feed their feelings and create a self-identity that may limit one’s vision of the world; they acquire adequate instruments of knowledge to overcome the rollercoaster of emotions; they become familiar with acknowledging their likes and dislikes, embracing them so to sooth the agitated mind and gain the capacity to respond consciously, letting go of reactions and the mental projections about one’s happiness and unhappiness onto achievements, situations and people.They learn how to transform and use unpleasant emotions, turning them into strengths and opportunities for inner growth;
Emotional education and meditative practices allow children and teachers to assimilate the understanding of how to build and maintain healthy relationships (kshanti, in sanskrit), learning to listen to one’s and another’s heart, assertively expressing feelings and expectations; students progressively own up the ancient Vedic values to manage inner and relational conflicts as a “space warrior”, avoiding suffering and hurting.
Self-knowledge is the most important learning any person can acquire in her / his life to gain a sense of security and happiness, regardless of external achievements or circumstances. Notions and technical skills are good to get a job and to perform tasks with competence. Nevertheless, a strong mind and self-awareness are the true pillars to be a great professional in good and bad times as well as a model team-member in a family or at the workplace. And, most important, Self-knowledge is the basis to live satisfied and happy.
All the teaching is based on the psychology of the Upanishads and the Advaita Vedanta texts-
The main contents dealt with are:
• Becoming aware and giving a name to emotions
• Differentiating facts from assumptions
• Developing a kind inner dialogue
• Letting go of wrong subjective conclusions and assumptions
• Handling emotions – stress, anger, depression – insecurities and fears
• Understanding the relation between expectations and emotions
• Letting go of the stress linked to ambitions, goals and desires
• Developing locus control & self-responsibility
• Adopting a conscious constructive attitude
• Understanding and embodying values that free any mind from inner conflicts
• Developing relational and communication skills
• Handling inner and interpersonal conflicts