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Spiritual Intelligence

Oftentimes, we are not aware of just how intelligent we are! or even when we are cultivating our own intelligence. Take a look at the indicators and wonder about how are you exercising your spiritual intelligence.

The indications for a highly developed SQ include:

  • the capacity to be flexible (actively and spontaneously adaptive)
  • a high degree of self-awareness
  • a capacity to face and use suffering
  • a capacity to face and transcend pain
  • the quality of being inspired by vision and values
  • a reluctance to cause unnecessary harm
  • a tendency to see the connections between diverse things (being “holistic”)
  • a marked tendency to ask “Why?” or “What if?” questions and to seek ‘fundamental’ answers
  • being what psychologists call ‘field-independent’  – possessing a facility for working against convention

Zohar, D., & Marshall, I. N. (2000). SQ: Spiritual intelligence, the ultimate intelligence. London: Bloomsbury.

Black Can Be Beautiful

O God, black can be beautiful!
Let us be aware of black blessings:
Blessed be the black night that nurtures dreams.
Blessed be the black hole out of which creation sprang.
Blessed be the black cave of imagination that births creativity.
Blessed be dark wombs that cradle us.
Blessed be black loam that produces nourishing food for our bodies.
Blessed be black jazz that nourishes our souls.
Blessed be black energy that swirls into gracefulness.
Blessed be black coal that heats us.
Blessed be black boiling clouds hurling down lightning and cleansing rain.
Blessed be even our own darkness, our raw, undeveloped cave of shadows.
O God, help us to befriend black and not deny its power.
Help us not to cover over the dark with fear but to open to it with your grace and to be open to your life within the dark.
May we discover the blessings that lie deep within our holy dark so that we may freely affirm that
Black is beautiful indeed!

~by William John Fitzgerald

Holding and Listening

“My own time on earth has led me to believe in two powerful instruments that turn experience into love: holding and listening. For every time I have held or been held, every time I have listened or been listened to, experience burns like wood in that eternal fire, and I find myself in the presence of love. This has always been so.” (Mark Nepo)


There is a brokenness
out of which comes the unbroken,
a shatteredness
out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow
beyond all grief which leads to joy
and a fragility
out of whose depths emerges strength.

There is a hollow space
too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss,
out of whose darkness
we are sanctioned into being.

There is a cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut the heart
as we break open to the place inside
which is unbreakable and whole,
while learning to sing.


Symptoms of Inner Peace

  • An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously, rather than on fears based on past experience.
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others and judging other people.
  • A loss of interest in conflict.
  • A loss of the ability to worry.
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling.
  • An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Inner Peace is contagious… Pass it on!


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