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Emotional Intelligence and Your Attitude

The one thing you really can control in life is your attitude, yet most people view their attitude as the result of external things happening to them rather than a conscious decision they make every minute of every day.

In this article, I will explore some ideas that can help make your choice more intentional. These ideas are not new or unique; they have been expressed by numerous authors or scientists, and yet they are easily forgotten by anyone in the heat of the moment.

When you react to a stimulus, an emotion is created in the limbic system (right side) of your brain. That emotion will translate into a “feeling” about the stimulus immediately.

The reaction is a chemical one that you have no control over at all. Instantly you are caught by the emotion, and this will form into an attitude if you let it.

The skill I…

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Body Language 83 Handshakes Post COVID-19

I am having to modify my leadership training material as a result of COVID-19. I do a section on the impact of Body Language on trust between people.

Historically, I have discussed the handshake at length because how you do it impacts the first impression people have about you, which has a huge impact on the trust you can achieve with the other person.

We may get back to shaking hands post COVID-19, but it will likely be quite a while before people are comfortable doing it.

Every culture has some form of touch ritual for people when they first meet. I suspect they will all be impacted by the pandemic we have experienced in 2020.

In western cultures, and several others, the handshake is the preferred method of greeting a person you are just meeting. What are the options, and how will they impact the ability to bond with…

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Leadership Barometer 51 Attitude

The one thing you really can control in life is your attitude, yet most people view their attitude as the result of external things happening to them rather than a conscious decision.

In this article, I would like to explore some ideas that can help make your choice more intentional.

These ideas are not new or unique; they have been expressed by numerous authors or scientists over centuries, and yet they are easily forgotten by anyone in the heat of the moment.

Several philosophers have expressed the same ideal, “what determines the quality of your life is not what happens to you but how you react to what happens to you.”

As we were forced to change our way of life in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had a classic example of how external conditions beyond our control can force us to do things that are uncomfortable…

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A reply to Dr Zakir Naik – Maria Wirth

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Maria WirthIf you are sincere, Dr Naik, you will realise that the wisdom of your ancestors scores high over the worldview and the mind-set of Abrahamic religions. The attitude of “We alone are right and you go to hell if you don’t accept our religion” is doing great harm to humanity. It may be helpful for world dominion, but do you want to live in a world where everyone has to wear a straight-jacket? — Maria Wirth

Hindus generally don’t criticise other religions in spite of the fact that Christianity and Islam not only criticise, but demean Hinduism badly. Zakir Naik is only one example. Do Hindus know what is preached in the innumerable churches and mosques across India? I know for sure that Hindu gods are called devils by Christian missionaries. Yet Hindus neither defend their gods nor challenge the Abrahamic dogmas in spite of having a solid philosophical basis…

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Is Hinduism a religion? – Maria Wirth

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Maria Wirth“Are people in the West so intellectually deficient to believe that an irrational dogma, like “everyone has to join the Church to be saved” has anything to do with truth? Or do they denigrate Hinduism as they know that it has the capacity to trump the western belief systems and undermine their power if only there were a genuine debate on what we can know about the truth?” – Maria Worth

Bhagwa DwajaOccasionally I noticed that in western publications Hinduism was missing when religions were listed. Buddhism was there, without fail, but its mother so to speak was ignored. What could be the reason? About one billion human beings are Hindus. Hinduism is alive and vibrant. There is hardly another people who are as ‘religious’ and have so much faith in the Divine. Yet what they revere and hold dear is often considered ‘only’ a way of life.

However, the…

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BOOK REVIEW: Defending Hinduism’s philosophical unity – M.V. Kamath

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M. V. Kamath“Today we are living in a new world in which the United States wants to be seen and acknowledged as a Great Power with no one to challenge that status. And that calls for ridiculing every other segment of thought and action that even remotely challenges America’s self-anointed superiority. Among those segments of thought hails Hinduism, brighter than a thousand suns with its intrusion in all forms of thought and action, a religion which gave to mathematics the symbol of zero and to the mind, freedom to think in its myriad ways.” – M.V. Kamath

Indra's NetIt is one of the most inevitable facts of political life that when a nation enters the rank of a great or super power, it gets fancy ideas of its superiority in all fields, political cultural or religious. It happened to the Portuguese in the 16th century when they conquered Goa. They sought to ban…

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Arundhati Roy spreads poison as vilification of Hindus reaches all-time high – Maria With

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Arundhati Roy

Maria WirthDid Arundhati Roy demonise Hindus to instigate Muslims to “rise up against the oppression” and prepare the world to believe that oppression by Hindus is for real? Is she trying to help Pakistan fulfil its “unfinished agenda” of taking Hindustan by force and make it accept Islam? – Maria Wirth

Sometimes I check the German TV channel Deutsche Welle (DW) to know what they want us, its viewers, to think. Unlike in India, most German news channels are government-friendly. Yet it always amazes me, although India and Germany are on friendly terms, how negatively DW reports on India, most recently, with the help of Arundhati Roy.

So when on 17 April 2020 DW ran a negative story on “Islamophobia at an all-time high in India” and claimed that the Modi government is using the COVID-19 crisis to stigmatise Muslims, I was not surprised. The report showed Muslim vegetable vendors complaining…

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