This talk reviews the Buddhist underpinnings of the book “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ”, by Daniel Goleman, who has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 50 years.  Emotional intelligence, often termed as EQ, has been considered a more important characteristic of a successful personality than IQ.  The five characteristics of EQ mentioned in the book are reviewed: Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, Social Skills, Empathy and Motivation, along with any correlations .associated with mindfulness of breathing meditation practice.  The talk was followed by descriptions by some of the participants regarding how EQ applies to their lived experience.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence

The topic for next week’s talk will be sunnata (soon-yah-tah), translated as emptiness.  This concept is typically misunderstood, and will be more thoroughly described and related to the effects of well-developed mindfulness meditation.