Why the world needs more warrior

When I mention the title of our leadership program the reactions can be divided into two categories. One group loves the title Waking your Warrior and can immediately identify with it. The other group starts to frown, leans back and says “I don’t think the world needs more fighters, do you?” And to be clear about that: No, I definitely don’t think we do!

So why then do we want to challenge the warrior in you? And what, from our perspective, creates this division in the responses?

Struggling with feeling alive and finding a sense of purpose?

Your day is busy. You get out of bed and hit the road running. It’s important to stay focused to get it all accomplished. You eat at your desk, again. Work spills into home when you make dinner, do the dishes, then take care of some emails before going to bed. For most of the day you’re in your head, thinking about the things you have to do, wondering if the things you do are good enough. And the next day… it is the same. And over time, you sense that you’ve lost connection with yourself. You might feel drained, indecisive and deflated.

The lost art of sensing the self

It is not a big surprise that we lose touch with ourselves. The fact that you are reading this article makes it more then likely that you are part of the complex social work environment of appointments, responsibilities and concerns we live in. Everyday life makes our attention get caught up in thought, judgment, expectations, decision making and other stressors. It leaves us no time to attend to ourselves.

So let me ask you this question. When was the last time you checked in with yourself? When did you consciously feel your feet on the floor? Your breath moving in and out? The tightness in your shoulders and neck? How often do you ask yourself what would be the word that best described how you are feeling at that moment?

How to deal with stressful and difficult conversations

A friend, who is in an emotionally challenging time after ending his relationship, send me a message after a difficult conversation with his ex-partner. He said: ‘Remember our conversation about how to encounter difficult situations with love? Tonight I practiced again: setting my ego and beliefs aside and focusing on seeing the other. It was not easy, but every time I succeeded it opened up things that were better for the both of us.’

Finding positivity in negativity

“We all experience negativity – the basic aggression of wanting things to be different then they are. We cling, we defend, we attack … We experience it as terribly unpleasant, foul-smelling, something we want to get rid of.” This is how Chögyam Trungpa begins his chapter on “Working with Negativity” in his book The Myth of Freedom.

For some time now I have been dealing with a situation that is causing a lot of negativity. And I’m struggling… With myself, with the people involved, with how to deal with the whole situation.

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