What sets MUA apart is its unique reflection process, built around three simple symbols, making it an accessible and effective tool for cultivating emotional intelligence. In this article we dive a little deeper in what each symbol stands for and how to use it daily inside MUA.
Heart, Flame, Line
Heart, or love emotions represent: energy, excitement, connection, joy, happiness and/or love.
Flame, or burn emotions, represent: feeling drained, fatigued, empty, disconnected, frustrated, angry and/or burned out.
Lines, or neutral emotions, represent: feeling undecided, unspecific, okay, neither and/or neutral.
The golden rules of emotional reflection
Now, that you know what the symbols are standing for, we want to give you the golden rules of emotional reflection.
Set aside dedicated time (5-10 minutes): Schedule a regular, uninterrupted time each day to reflect on your daily activities. We recommend doing this before or after your lunch break and before shutting down your computer at the end of the workday.
Consistency is key: MUA works like a muscle; the more frequently you perform the exercises, the stronger your emotional intelligence becomes.
Quantity isn't the goal: The development of your emotional intelligence doesn't come from achieving a specific quantity of symbols each day but rather from honest daily assessments. It doesn't matter which symbol you choose, as long as you select one.
No good or bad: To get the most out of MUA, let go of the idea of good or bad. Each symbol represents an opportunity to learn and grow.
Be honest with yourself: To truly benefit from daily reflection, be open and honest about what you feel. Accept what comes up first and log it in.
Stay present and focused: During reflection, try to stay present and avoid distractions.
Embrace vulnerability: Allow yourself to be vulnerable during the reflection process. This means admitting to feelings of fear, insecurity, or other emotions that might make you uncomfortable.
Identify patterns and triggers: Reflect on your daily activities to recognize patterns and triggers. This understanding can help you anticipate and manage your emotions more effectively in the future.
Utilize daily journaling: MUA offers digital journaling, and we encourage you to make use of it. Documenting your emotional reflections in a journal can provide valuable insights into your emotional patterns and growth. This also serves as a tangible record of your progress, which is included in your analytics.
Be patient and consistent: Developing emotional intelligence and self-awareness takes time and practice. Be patient with yourself, and maintain consistency in your reflection practice to see long-term benefits. Some people experience improvement after the first two weeks, while others may take a bit longer. We promise it will work.