Heart Blog 15

Expressing our passion

‘Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.’ –  Martha Graham

Passion has the power to transform.  Elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary. Lifting us out of the mundane and making compelling dancers of us all, irrespective of our skill with the steps.

As humans our task is […]

By |March 26th, 2019|Heart|Comments Off on Heart Blog 15

Heart Blog 14

The power of joy in leadership

Over the Christmas period I had the sheer delight of watching the new Mary Poppins film. As a fan of the original I was unsure whether this would be a good move but, for me at least, it was quite simply an hour and a half of pure joy. […]

By |January 10th, 2019|Heart|Comments Off on Heart Blog 14

Heart Blog 13

Heartfully transforming our action and interaction

‘It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.’  Thomas Carlyle

Back in the 3rd Century BC when Aristotle talked about the ‘organ of intellect’ he wasn’t talking about the brain but the heart.  His teacher, Plato, disagreed with this cardio-centric model and, over time, medical science concurred […]

By |October 17th, 2018|Heart|Comments Off on Heart Blog 13

Heart Blog 12

The power of empathy

I’m sure like me you’ve noticed the increased number of heart-rending stories that fill our internet and news channels these days. Whether on a global scale in the myriad war torn areas where civilians are living in unimaginable conditions, to the seemingly relentless stream of children being murdered in the UK and […]

By |July 31st, 2018|Heart|Comments Off on Heart Blog 12

Heart Blog 11

Holding the line – heartfully

How do we hold the line between compassion and the desire to fix others’ suffering and the discernment and ‘tough love’ needed to encourage or prompt others to help themselves?

This is a daily challenge and balancing act wherever we look…in our own lives and individual relationships and more broadly with issues […]

By |April 18th, 2018|Heart|Comments Off on Heart Blog 11

Heart Blog 10

Radiating Life 

I read a poem this morning by Nic Askew about a person filled with an inner light or radiance that shone out warmth on even the coldest of days. The poem reminded me of a number of people in my life who shine with such a light and who literally radiate from the […]

By |February 8th, 2018|Heart|Comments Off on Heart Blog 10

Heart Blog 9

In celebration of the heart

The heart is many things and has many qualities.  It is, I’m sure you’d agree, vital in every respect.  What I’ve particularly been reflecting on over recent days though is its extraordinary tempering quality, allowing us to be tough and kind, clear and compassionate at the same time.
The heart is truly […]

By |November 14th, 2017|Heart|Comments Off on Heart Blog 9

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The subtlety of the heart

˜The highest form of communication will be the grasping of thought without sound.” Agni Yoga – Heart 107

The heart is the most powerful communicator of all. This can be easily seen by expressions of kindness, understanding of others, ability to truly connect with another by ‘speaking’ their language. So often we […]

By |September 10th, 2017|Heart|Comments Off on Heart Blog 8

Heart Blog 7

After some less than impressive encounters, my most recent experience of a particular public service has proved transformative.  Past encounters had felt impersonal and perfunctory, more processing of a problem than dealing with a human being. I was expecting more of the same this time.

What I experienced instead was warm and personal…people collaborating, paying attention […]

By |June 27th, 2017|Heart|Comments Off on Heart Blog 7

Heart Blog 6

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little PrincePreview

The Little Prince is a powerful and well know book but I wonder if you have ever contemplated the idea of seeing […]

By |April 21st, 2017|Heart|Comments Off on Heart Blog 6