HOW TO BECOME A CRITICAL THINKER

Thich Nan Hahn tells us “The rose is in the garbage, the garbage is in the rose.” He wants us to think outside our usual either/or boxes.

Beauty rocks and roots (2)

EMotional Fitness Thoughts

The purpose of the Be With Beauty Exercise is to have you exercise the ability to find  beauty in uncommon places.   Beauty soothes, but finding it off the ordinary path strengthens you emotional intelligence.

As Thich Nah Hahn says whether you see beauty or ugliness depends on how you define or think about beauty. He disputes  the human  tendency to think in dualities, what is commonly called “Either/or thinking.”

Either. or thinking limits options. Mostly, you hold to past ideas.   Looking for beauty in garbage or rocks or roots, on a crowded subway. or in the squalor of a slum  pushes you to think beyond what you know and so  strengthens critical thinking.

Emotional fitness tip

Add one word to the end of yours or someone else’s thoughts is another easy way to expand everyone’s thoughts. That word? And.  Said as if asking a question , that one word usually leads the other person to

It can also be away of introducing a different idea. “And, I think a bit differently.”

Works far better than a “But” or a “No.”

PARENTING TIP

Using “The And Word” works great with kids. Kids, want to talk and want to feel you are listening. Using “The And Word” invites more conversation.

BLOG POSTING SCHEDULE CHANGE

Aging slows one down a bit. Another birthday is rolling around and I am greteful to still be able to blog.  Although I mght blog every day, but Shabbat, I am not only promising to get an EFTI blog out every Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday will be a Parents Are People Too blog

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO

Remember’s sharing is caring and the easiest way to practice kindness now is to share this post with someone who will find it inspiring.  Thank you.

Katherine

LINKS OF INTEREST

 FREE POSTER COACHES 

Like any coach, EFTI’s poster coaches inspire, teach, motivate, and reinforce thinking about what matters.  To use, print up in color and post there it will be seen often.  Poster Coaches can also be used at  Family Meetings to start a discussion about what matters.

DAILY PROMPT

32 Flavors Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?

“The And Word” leads to more flavors and that is the subject of this blog post.  Cheerio.

 

Agree or disagree, comments are always welcomed.