Coach Sgro suggests this playlist of amazing songs that are aligned to some of the best spiritual, emotional, and empowerment practices. The words and titles make up so many of the matras that we teach in our coaching and training.
This particular playlist is curated in order that it should be heard and understood. This is not exhaustive list but an intentional experiential journey to self-manage, build affective skills, emotionally regulate and create a positive outlook.
Most of the selected works our sung by women, as it has been our most recent history that women have openly explored their feelings through song and narrative. For too long we have labeled female entertainment or music as "chick flicks" or "too girlie" and meanwhile, the empathy development that has been engendered, is something too many men have missed as an opportunity to learn and grow for themselves.
As seen in the movie, The Color Purple, we find Shug Avery finding peace with her father through the healing powers of music and song. Coach Sgro's favorite book and movie of all time is The Color Purple, for it is through our discomfort and hardships that we develop our strength to be our own superhero. Our human condition is essential to thrive.
To take this playlist to the next level, listen to each song in order. After each one, jot down a few key lyrics or feelings that that were stirred or awakened. What were the themes across the music? Did you become uncomfortable or empowered? What did your discomfort or empowerment reveal? Note that discomfort is the birthplace of learning.
Take what you learned and create a set of seven core values that you took away from the journey and find ways to practice and live those values daily. What we believe, is how we behave. If you complete this exploration, we would love to hear your core values and which songs resonated in your learning.
Emotional Intelligence Song Playlist
God Bless The Child by Billie Holiday
Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
Dancing Queen by ABBA
Hold On by Wilson Phillips
Free Your Mind by En Vogue
Talkin' Bout a Revolution by Tracy Chapman
Who Will Save Your Soul by Jewel
Both Sides of the Story by Phil Collins
Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield
U.N.I.T.Y. by Queen Latifah
Send My Love by Adele
Causing a Commotion by Madonna
New York City Boy by Pet Shop Boys
Rumors by Timex Social Club
Frozen by Madonna
No More Lies by Michel'le
Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole
I Could Fall In Love by Selena
Listen to Your Heart by Roxette
Unpretty by TLC
No One by Alicia Keys
I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root
Calling All Angels by Jane Siberry and KD Lang
Shackles (Praise You) by Mary Mary
I Walk Alone by Cher
Halo by Beyonce'
Woman Up by Meghan Trainor
On The Floor by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
Video by India Arie
True Colors by Cyndi Lauper
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Love Can Build A Bridge by The Judds
Control by Janet Jackson
We Break the Dawn by Michelle Williams
Travelin' Thru by Dolly Parton
Hallelujah by Pentatonix
Not Ready To Make Nice by The Chicks
Diamonds by Rihanna
Levitating by Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby
The Best by Tina Turner
Greatest Love Of All by Whitney Houston
Even Angels by Fantasia
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin
This Is Me by The Greatest Showman Cast
Show Yourself by Idina Menzel and Evan Rachel Wood
Remember, you are the one you have been waiting for, ALL OF YOUR LIFE..... show yourself!