Teamwork and collaboration is a soft skill that can be developed. If assessed do you feel you would have a strong or a challenged teamwork and collaboration competency?
Enhancing our emotional awareness is a life long process, be compassionate with self and others as you take the time to reflect and identify how you are feeling in various contexts. You are worth it!
Over the last few months, I have had several interesting dialogues regarding our core emotions. What inspired these conversations was a statistic I found while learning about emotional intelligence. Only 36% of 500 000 people tested could identify their emotions as they happened. It was reassuring to know I was not alone but scary as well.
Why is this the reality for so many of us?
Research indicates that we have core emotions, up to twenty-seven. psychcentral.com/news/2017/09/08/new-study-emotions-abound-with-27-different-varieties These core emotions have a variety of feelings attached to them and vary in intensity. My social and emotional intelligence workbook provides three back to back pages of defined feelings, no wonder there is confusion when trying to express ourselves.
We are not taught about emotions in school although my little neighbor can rhyme off primary colors. If we are not enlightened in the school system then the responsibility falls on parents who themselves often do not understand emotions/feelings and have their own perspectives/biases due to they're upbringing (nurture).
We can enhance emotional awareness.
The knowledge provided through research and conversations with others, regarding their own challenges with acknowledging and expressing their feelings, inspired me to create our, “Emotion 101” workshop. This workshop can be adapted to all age groups. Our goal is to empower kids, adolescents and adults through education to enhance self and other awareness as well as self and other management.
Would you like to enhance emotional awareness?
The program facilitates opportunities to enhance emotional-awareness and discover appropriate strategies to attain personal power. Learning about self can be difficult we don’t always like ourselves or our behavior. We need to move away from judgement as we learn, lean into the discomfort of our realities and start considering change strategies. Compassion for self and others can assist us reach this goal.
Change requires a consistent effort, support, and flexibility as strategies will not always be successful. Being realistic with your change expectations is also necessary don't set yourself up for failure. Enhancing your emotional awareness is a life long process.
When you reflect on community what comes to mind? There are seven pillars of a healthy community can you apply these pillars to your community? What is missing and what can you do to enhance your communities well being?
Involvement with the Sackville/Beaverbank Happy Community Project allowed me an opportunity to discuss “community” and listen to others perspectives. Both have value, sharing your knowledge while listening to other is a win-win skill that I encourage you to practice. All engaged participants enhance their awareness of other and broaden perspectives/strategies which assists us to manage self and relationships.
You are providing yourself and others an opportunity to practice Social + Emotional Intelligence©
The Happy Community Project is an evidence-based practice assisting others/self to engage and make a connection to enhance mental health well-being. As the group members shared one message rang true to me. My memories of a community are what I lived, not what I am living. The Happy Community Project is an experiential activity that meets the mental health needs of the participants. Lori Gosselin, "Sounding the Drum" outlines seven pillars of a community;
· Shared Leadership
Each pillar is essential if establishing an effective group that meets the needs of its group’s members. Creating a safe environment for others to be themselves as they process and try strategies to enhance Mental Health well being.
My partner and I chatted and compiled our own examples of community
· Having two or three neighbors our family could go to-day or night if you needed help and vise versa. (Support/Commitment/Shared Leadership/Authenticity)
· The “Block Parent” sign in our front window, just about every street had a safe place to go to clearly identified (Inclusivity/Support/Commitment/Collaboration)
· Mom mediating neighbor conflicts in our living room (Collaboration/Inclusivity/Collaboration/Authenticity/Support)
· Playing on the streets and in the yard with others (Inclusivity.........are you making the link?)
· Skating on First Lake, there would be hundreds of people to stop and chat with. Skating at night with a fire going in the cove (Camaraderie......)
· Hockey games/events/fundraisers/trips (Shared Leadership/Camaraderie/Support.....)
· Old Sackville Winter Carnival (Commitment/Inclusivity/Shared Leadership/Camaraderie)
· Old Sackville Downs horse racing track
· Sunday family meal
· Old Sunday flea market
Reflect on community what comes to mind? Discuss it with others! Having this knowledge then discuss, how can you foster community engagement? Sync your strategies with your beliefs and values and push yourself out of your comfort zone once in a while and try something new.
Strategies do not need to cost you money although these interventions are often the first to come to mind. There are a multitude of free or cheap strategies to engage in to benefit you, your family and community. No one needs to be excluded because of their socio-economic status or ability. Find out what motivates you!
What you need to do next is act! Invite a few friends to engage in the activity or chat with others you meet. The goal is to engage with other to build a healthier you/community. Be the change!
“Imperfect Perspectives" will consist of written and video format. The writing and videos will be imperfect as I am the composer and director and I am perfectly imperfect! Be genuine, have the hard conversations and be compassionate to self and other. Be empowered!