How humility shapes our power to adjust and face our daily challenges with ease

Before I move forward to the fourth of the eight powers of managing the self and leading others, allow me to review and put forth additional insights to my latest reflection on the third power, which is the power to tolerate. You can check the links to direct you to the separate reflections:

  1. Power to Withdraw (Listening)
  2. Power to Pack Up (Availability)
  3. Power to Tolerate (Adaptability)
  4. Power to Adjust (Flexibility)

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Last time, I emphasized how important tolerance is when we full engage with demanding situations and people who say and do things that stimulate our memories and emotions. But for me, this is always my biggest challenge in managing myself and leading our managers and employees. Sometimes, I become very impatient if our people cannot understand simple instructions. I forget that what is simple to me may be complicated for them. This happens when I fail to appreciate their uniqueness as human beings or fail to think that they are as good as I am or even better.

Through the power to tolerate, we have to be detached from the thoughts and feelings accompanying our reactions. If we are tolerant, we let our utmost sense of humility mold and shape us by allowing a situation to develop naturally and reacting like a bamboo tree, which bends in the storm but does not break, so strong but flexible enough to rise again when the storm is over.

Now, the fourth power, the power to adjust or flexibility, means the ability to expand and accept the presence, idea, and desires of others. Softness, flexibility, and the ability to adapt are qualities that help us reach our goals.

Flexibility is our ability to adjust with ease to the many personalities, conditions, and situations we face every day. In meetings and conferences, the mere presence of the people in front of us is more important than their ideas and opinions.

When we are flexible, we are able to face our daily challenges with ease. Then, our relationships with other people become very light and easy, which our families, friends, and even the organizations we belong to appreciate.

What makes our flexibility possible is our humility, which enables us to give way to others, to accept and work with their ideas. Humility allows us to keep our individuality, integrity, and self-respect, even when others make demands on us.

For me, flexibility requires the highest sense of humility and highest level of acceptability. Discipline needs also to be balanced with flexibility, not just in the workplace but also at home. As leaders, the daily challenge is to be strict in our implementation of rules and regulations but flexible in our approach.

//BY JUNE LUNA

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Are you ready to adapt and respond positively even to the most negative event or criticism?

Last month, I started my separate reflections on the eight powers of managing the self and leading others. This is my third reflection and this is the list so far. You can check the links to direct you to those individual reflections:

  1. Power to Withdraw (Listening)
  2. Power to Pack Up (Availability)
  3. Power to Tolerate (Adaptability)

June Luna power to adapt flexibility

In my latest post, which was about the power to pack up, I encourage you to stop wasteful thoughts and replace them with productive ones. For example, replace speculative thoughts with imaginative ones, or obsessive thoughts with transformative ones. I believe that when you do this, you can sleep well and wake up in the morning with a better sense of well-being–ready, excited, and enthusiastic to go back to work or school.

There is what I call “thought power.” You see, if there is purity in thoughts, there is reality in words, and if there is reality in words, there is royalty in actions. We should always remember that purity is the foundation of spirituality, of life itself. If our thoughts, words, and actions are pure, then we will be able to develop pure relations and connections.

Now, do you see what the ripple effect of positive thought power will touch? You can just imagine how doubly beautiful the world would be if the pure atmosphere at your workplace brought the highest degree of friendship and camaraderie, creating a peaceful working environment and healthy working relationships and attracting more blessings, like good sales and respectable profit. Then, everybody will be happy.

The power to tolerate (adaptability), on the other hand, is the ability to not be affected by external and internal events but to respond to them positively. As leaders, we have to handle many different situations simultaneously, accept considerable feedback, make major decisions, and take criticism the same way we receive praise.

Tolerance means inner strength and inner power. It is the ability to work in very demanding situations, when there is a lot of turbulence and high pressures, and to give one’s best up to the very end.

We can only practice tolerance if we can transform our actions and reactions. Then we can tolerate the actions of others by accepting their negative energy and returning a higher quality of energy to them.

Now let me repeat the question: Are you ready to adapt and respond positively even to the most negative event or criticism?

//BY JUNE LUNA

Why you should stop wasteful thoughts and be present in the moment

My last post about the essence of listening is the start of my individual reflections on the eight powers of managing the self and leading others. As a review, it is important to listen to yourself. By listening, you can learn who you are and even avoid the Xerox syndrome, or the act of copying others. When I would share this subject in a seminar, I would normally ask the young participants who they would rather be: the good version of themselves or the best version of others. They always overwhelmingly reply that they would refer to be the good version of themselves.

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After listening, the next power of managing the self is the power to pack up, or availability. What does this mean? We can stop wasteful thinking and be present in the here and now. The power to pack up is simply the ability to control our own MTVs (memories, thoughts, and visions), which are functions of the mind and the intellect: the heart and soul of our consciousness.

How can you pack up?

  • Your intellect can be ever inquiring, examining and analyzing. Invite your intellect to relax and just watch everything like a detached observer. Stay relaxed even for a few minutes. Doing so will do wonders for your entire well-being.
  • Encourage your mind to take a timeout. Shut down the production line for some time and allow it to rest. How? Meditate, reflect, contemplate, and pray in silence, and your mind will definitely restore to its calmness and recover all its powers. This is doubly important now, in this time when everyone and everywhere seems to be so busy and always on the rush. With thousands of thoughts being processed every day, your mind deserves a reflective and meditative vacation.

Wasteful thoughts are:

  • Compulsive
  • Depressive
  • Negative
  • Obsessive
  • Reactive
  • Repressive
  • Speculative
  • Unproductive

If you entertain these thoughts frequently, they will eat you up and sap your energy. Eventually, everything will be stressful, and you will get sick. If you are in this situation, do not expect that you can manage and lead people well.

Replace these with productive thoughts:

  • Creative
  • Imaginative
  • Positive
  • Transformative

Compared to a day spent entertaining the eight wasteful thoughts, you will spend half the time, effort, and energy to get full results and feel fulfilled when you try instead these four productive thoughts. Your mind, body, and soul will also get recharged and your relationships with the people around you will get stronger. So stop wasteful thoughts and stay positive and present in the moment.  // BY JUNE LUNA

Why listening to yourself is important

We often come across stories of people we know who abruptly quit their work or suddenly went into what they call a stress-free no-contact vacation or keep on going on and on about how they lack talents and skills to survive in their career. And we would be surprised because they appear so happy and so passionate in what they do that the decisions they make seem contrary to what they appear to be. They seem so happy in their work but they handed in their resignation letters out of nowhere. They seem so passionate in their field but they would file regular leaves just to fully rest. They seem so skilled to be doubtful about their capabilities.

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Do you know of someone like this? I do, and when they share their experiences with me, some of the things I would ask is, “What is your body and soul telling you? Do you listen, really listen, to yourself, or did you listen more to others than to yourself?”

I think that these concerns arise from one’s inability to listen to oneself and to his or her environment. Perhaps when you are are so deep in work, you forgot to take a break and listen to your body’s limitations and to your soul’s state of energy. Inability to listen to these two important things may lead to fatigue, boredom, negativity, and self-doubts. When you are unable to overcome or manage this inability, the negativity may pile up and you may ultimately want to escape from anyone to anywhere, potentially leading to a career stump. I hope you won’t get to this phase in life.

It is important to remember that the first of the eight powers for one to gain mastery over oneself is the power to withdraw or, in a simple term, listening. After all, the energy of consciousness is one’s personal and spiritual power. In listening, you are one step toward acquiring and maintaining this energy of consciousness.

What is the essence of listening?

  • You can disengage from the external world and become a detached observer. This way, you won’t be quick to react or judge people and situations and, in the process, you won’t regrest making impulsive decisions.
  • By listening, you restore your calmness and find your internal focus. Doing this will help you manage irritation, stress, loneliness, strife, or instabilities you experience on a day-to-day basis.
  • By listening to yourself and through constant meditation, you become your own master. As one, you won’t be easily influenced by other people or outside factors because you know yourself. You will be confident in your experiences and in your relationships.

Start today and maintain the habit of listening well to yourself. GOD BLESS!

Easter Sunday Reflection: ALL PRAISE TO GOD

Last time, I asked you a serious question: How well do you know God? I consider it serious because we always mention God like we really know Him. Because we think we know Him as someone we can find in stones and pebbles, in thin air, in the fragrance of the flowers, in the leaves of the plants and in the trunks of the trees, in the sky up above, in front of the beach and on top of the mountain, even in churches, temples, and mosques, we fail to see that God the Father is also a soul, the Supreme Soul and the Highest on High. God, as a Soul like us, is beyond birth and death.

Easter Sunday reflection

Now, on this Easter Sunday, I want to share the first stanza of a poem titled The Call of Time. The Wrath of Nature. The Establishment of Heaven, which I included in my book, XPRNZ:

God comes, now, at a perfect time.

He whispers into my heart:

Soul child, you are mine.

This stanza alone tells us many things. We just have to reflect deeply on it, especially on a special day like today. For my part, I draw up from this poem and from my past experiences the following reflections:

1. We are all souls and spiritual beings, not just bodies. As souls, we are all points of light, immortal, eternal, infinitesimal, and beyond measure. As souls, we are created in the divine image of God the Father, the Supreme Soul.

2. God the Father is also a soul, the Supreme Soul and the Highest on High. God, as a Soul like us, is beyond birth and death. A soul is not born and therefore cannot die. Because it is not created, it cannot be destroyed.

3. There are three mistakes we always commit against God the Father. One, we think that God is omnipresent, meaning He is present and living in tangible things that man can touch and feel. Second, we think that human being are and can also become God. And third, the duration of the world cycle is hundreds of thousands of years instead of only five thousand years.

In the same poem I mentioned earlier, the third stanza goes like this:

Waves of peace wash away questions and

doubts of my true identity.

Truth as God speaks–it floods

me with love and happiness.

For me, you only need to know God and you will know truth, love, and happiness in your lifetime. This Easter Sunday, let us continue to give thanks and praise to God as well as to get to know Him a little bit, as souls and as spiritual beings. Remember this Bible passage:

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

PRAISE BE TO GOD!