YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD – ONE HEART AT A TIME
- self- sufficient
- self- concept
- self- awareness
- self- reliance
- self- disclosure
- self- determination
- self- actualization
- self- confidence
“Do you know what astonishes me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the spirit.”Napoleon Bonaparte
Introduction to Heart at Work
Many years ago people were in tune with nature. Nature’s harmony and human happiness were considered as one. They observed that what happened outside of us, was already happening within. But now, with time and technology, we have lost touch with this awareness. As our culture evolves into this current era, we suffer the separation from having worked with the land, understanding nature’s rhythm and a dependency on nature for her sustenance.
Harmony with nature comes from within. Your life and work can become in tune with nature. Nature is surrounding you every moment and you can witness her beauty in every breath. It can heal you, help you grow, inspire you, hold you when you are sick and, most importantly, guide you into a future of contentment.
For a business executive, life may be harmonious if the cash is flowing, clients are happy and the future is rosy. Ask a devout Buddhist and of course they will define harmony as peace and non-violent action.
We cannot immunise our own personal harmony from the greater harmony of the world. Our safety and freedom hinges on contribution and compassion for others, making sure others have human rights and that global affairs are part of our responsibility. Global affairs are an integral part of our personal search; we must contribute in order to feel “the touch of our Soul”. Our journey toward personal harmony and the depth of our contribution to the global affairs of the world are one in the same topic. Our quest for harmony and our duty of care for others, including humanitarian rights of the world are inextricably linked. But first, we get our own house in order.
Heart at Work – Stillness
Most people see stillness as a difficult attainment. It’s not. It is neither difficult nor an attainment. Wherever it is that you are, you are in fact already harmonious, you just may not know it. Nothing new is to be added and nothing is to be discarded; you are as perfect as possible, RIGHT NOW. It is not that you are going to be perfect sometime in the future; it is not that you have to do something arduous to be yourself. It is not the journey to some other point somewhere else; you are not going somewhere else. You are already there. That which is to be obtained is already attained. This idea must go deep, only then will you be able to understand why such simple techniques can help.
The ultimate experience is to be in total contentment, to want absolutely nothing. To desire nothing. To be totally content with yourself. Then there is nothing lacking; there is no desire, no movement. And then from this place all actions are taken with purity. Then whatever you touch, whatever you are doing or not doing — even just existing — is a peak experience. You are alive and that is enough. Then growth can occur in harmony with nature.
LEARNING BALANCE, CENTRED, CALM
Working with 100% Heart means to find your centre. To hold that centre no matter whether you are thinking in the head or feeling in the heart, the centre stays strong. That means achieving great inspiration but still having a firm grip on reality, grounded. That centre is never missing.
For the centred person everything becomes beautiful, and whole. Whatever he or she is doing, no matter what it is, they focus their mind and take full mindfulness. Nothing is trivial. They will not say, “this is small and this is large.” This is important and this is unimportant, no, for them everything holds the same weight. A self-actualised person, a balanced, centred person, feels in harmony with everything. You can feel it in their touch. The great doctors and healers of our time have been known for the power of their touch, the softness of the disposition and the power of the concentration.
A person who is centred is the same, no matter who they are with, or where they are. They have the same inner quality. When alone they are no different than when they are with friends. This is the mark of a person who has uncovered their True Nature; they are centred, completely natural. There is no need to pretend, there is no act to present. They practice between performances. Falsehood has no place in their life because the centre is the axis around which they live their life. This includes handling discomfort and pain. Can you imagine being centred enough to welcome pain with the same loving kindness as you welcome pleasure? This is real personal harmony.
The second key to personal harmony is that the person remains balanced. Their life is balance. They are never one-sided, they never make a stand, they are never righteous because they understand that everything in this world is built in duality and therefore to stand on one side or the other breeds imbalance. A person who is imbalanced will have significant swings of emotion from infatuation to resentment, elation to depression, and attraction to repulsion. They may overeat and then starve. These same people, imbalanced, find extremes attractive and this is the source of their disharmony.
Balanced living is neither excess nor deficiency. Neither overeating nor under eating. Never too much, never too little. The result of balanced living is obvious. A balanced person will be at ease. Whatever the situation, their relaxed attitude will not be lost. Unconditionally, the lack of tension will stay. A person who is balanced is always at ease. Even if the death of a loved one comes, and there is grief, they will be at ease: they will receive death as they receive birth. If misery comes they will receive it as they receive joy. Whatever happens it cannot dislodge this person from their place. This relaxed attitude, this ease is a consequence of being balanced.
When the Buddha was dying he asked his followers “why are you weeping? If you would have wept on another day it would have been okay, but this is the last day. Why are you weeping? Do not waste your time in weeping. Treat this day as any other day.”
The third key to Personal Harmony is the lack of tension. Lack of tension is one of the great witnesses to the self-actualised person. They are at ease, they do not get stressed under any circumstance and take all of life in their stride. Their mood changes for nothing. Nothing disturbs them; nothing dislocates them from their home in their heart, their centeredness. To such a person you cannot add anything. You cannot take anything away, you cannot add anything, they are fulfilled. Their every breath is a fulfilled breath, silent and blissful they need nothing within. This is the ultimate freedom for everything this person will do they will do out of love, kindness and commitment. There is no hunger, no desperation, and no fear.
Buddha said, “I sit in order to be silent, but sometimes this is too easy, so I walk. But when I walk I carry the same silence within me. I sit, and inside it is the same — silent. I walk, the inside and outside are the same — silent” This is the model of a person who has found their True Nature.
NO HALF HEARTED SUCCESS STORIES
We’re not talking here about a partial flowering. The great mystics of our time Jesus, Buddha Mohammed, Abraham, they were in their True Nature – totally actualised. If they had dedicated their lives to music then they would have been great musicians too. But their gift was in Spiritual-actualisation; they were in love in all circumstances. They were not commercial poets, but their words were poetry, they were not musicians but their message was music of the greatest kind. They were not trying to be specialists but were allowing themselves to simply be their True Nature and allow the beauty of their gifts to flow through their being. You can do this too.
We are not concerned with partial success, or partial growth, we’re concerned with total being. You can be centred, you can be grounded, and you can be balanced – always in the middle without effort. As a result you will be at ease at ease with the universe, at home, in relationship and the many things that follow. You will have desire to contribute from within, from your total contentment. You will feel satisfied and comfortable before you leave for work rather than as a result of it. You will not become happier from a win than a loss. A gentleness will descend over your disposition.
Wisdom in business is often learnt at the cost of the company, the client or the individual.
Staying balanced, centred and calm, requires that we short cut self-leadership process by sharing the Five Laws of Nature (Universal Principles)
When we make decisions our mind must compute both creative unknowns and mathematical logic. Rational thinking and Creative Inspirational Thinking.
There is a need for both but when?
By sharing nature’s 5 universal laws we cut through the fog of distraction and allow the individual to self select. This way both logical and creative sides of each individual can function in a healthy way.
- Improves teamwork
- Improves decision making
- Reduces emotional dysfunction and conflicts
- Improves resilience
- Better leadership
- Greater work satisfaction
Our clients throughout the world have seen radical performance improvement at both the individual and organisational level along with cost reductions in presenteeism and absenteeism.
Through mental and emotional clarity there can be a greater focus on the task.
Seminars, workshops and keynote presentations are available.