Last year I conducted a big piece of research through which I studied the relationship between two topics that I had been wondering about for a while.
Since I read “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson, and “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle I knew that mindfulness had to have some sort of effects on our brains. On our behaviours. Because it definitely changed mine. Well, at least that what it felt like. I felt a true change taking place within me as soon as I started practicing mindfulness – at least a change in the way I saw and understood things.
I was developing emotional intelligence, and I didn’t know about it, but it felt great. I no longer felt ruled by my emotions or – most importantly – by my thoughts. I felt able to control myself, the information that constantly popped up in my head, and how I felt about things.
Then I read another book called “How to Develop Emotional Intelligence” by Oliver James, and then I understood! However, I wanted to prove to myself there was some sort of relationship between these two, and that I wasn’t just getting a placebo effect from so many self-help books…
So, I created a program of ten guided meditations which I produced using creative writing techniques. I gathered four volunteers, I had the go through the two-week program, and I evaluated whether or not their emotional-intelligence levels were affected.
Results were AMAZING!
If you want to know more, I am happy to share privately – cannot publish due to project’s privacy agreement 🙂