Gaylon Ferguson writes in Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With,

Mindfulness opens the doorway into a fuller experience of the heart, the richly rewarding yet volatile realm of emotions. The practice of being present is valuable not only for the mental sharpness it brings to decision-making but also for providing fertile ground for the development of “emotional intelligence.” This is psychologist Daniel Goleman’s phrase for what many traditions speak of as “the wisdom of the heart.” Being present is absolutely necessary to sense the situation, feel what is needed, and let our care and concern find the most skillful way to help.

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