Season 2, Episode 7: Go to Your Heart: Making integrated Decisions for Sustainable (and profitable!) Business
Hello! And welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of our Path of Presence Podcast, available at: www.PathofPresence.com/podcast
Our theme for this season is all about the journey of presence - of being present to the process of entrepreneurship - of building a business, and of living a thriving, balanced and integrated life.
Today’s topic of being heart-centered, and heart guided as we go about our business, personal and professional, is a topic of passion for me.
The One That makes a Difference...
You know, we all have that one person in our life that has made such an immense impact on us that it changes us forever.
Okay, so we may have a few people who have done amazing things that have an affect on life in positive ways.
But for most of us, there is one person that is outstanding in our experience and our life, Whose actions speak louder than words. This person‘s fierce and relentless love and sacrifice has had a profound effect on us, and bc of their love in action, we are molded into being who we are today.
And we can look back and say that if this person did not exist in our life, we would be a completely different person.
This person for me is my mom.
You know my mom passed away when I was 16 years old. I’ve had to live without her for most of my life but the amount of love that I received during those 16 formidable years has sustained me, and continues to fuel me so that I can pay the love forward to my children and others.
She was 54 years old when she passed. She lived a rough life as the mother eight, and the wife of an alcoholic.
My dad was a violent drunk so she had that to deal with, along with raising eight children and running a full-time business.
My mother was a beautician by trade, never a dull moment in her life, as you can imagine, and still, she made time to not just tell me that she loved me, but to take action to show me that she loved me.
She is my living example of what being heart-centered looks like.
Being a heart-centered entrepreneur, being a heart-centered person for that matter, means to live directed not simply by our head, but first and foremost, by our heart.
We make a consciousness shift and a decision to let our heart lead in everything we do.
The studies at the Institute of heart math has shown that the heart has an intelligence.
Life meets you at your level of consciousness.
Whatever you are aware of, whatever you are present to, that is what you see. And that is your reality.
Albert E. Einstein (brilliant scientist) says, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
Which of the 2 are you?
Do you tend toward seeing everything as a miracle, or that nothing is a miracle?
If I had to pick one, you probably know this already if you’ve followed my work - I lean heavily on the miracle side.
How could I not? I am a survivor of the Vietnam war. I was born in a war, was a refugee, and an adult child of an alcoholic. And here I am today - alive and well and grateful, oh my gosh! Okay - that is another story for another day again I digress.
Possibilitarian - You ARE Possible!
I lean totally on the idea of possibility. I am one of Norman Vincent Peale’s: Possibilitarians.
The idea behind a Possibilitarian is this: that no matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, you raise your sights and see the possibilities -- you always see them, because they're always there.
Having said this, I am bringing the idea of being heart-centered: fully integrated body mind and spirit active, in both our personal and professional lives.
So what I’m suggesting is that heart-centeredness, Being heart-centered - crosses the barriers and boundaries of life at work, life at home and life at play.
How about that? How about living a life that is fully integrated where we dissolve the compartments that we’ve built up?
As people living in the Western world, we have been trained to separate and compartmentalize. Yes, there is a time and place for work-related issues and domestic related issues. Where we tend to miss the mark is to understand that we are Who we are where ever we are.
We are living the experience – the whole experience. The same person the same soul lives through the experience of both work and home.
Therefore the same soul who goes to work and the soul that comes home is one in the same.
Nevertheless, we act as though we need to be different - and we stop ourselves from processing experiences from one world to another.
For instance, our life at work might be dictated by many policies and procedures, and we are subject to follow them. However, when we come home we do not necessarily deal with our loved ones with policies and procedures. Similarly, when we deal with our loved ones we extend a certain level of kindness and compassion and open-heartedness. When we get to work are we doing the same?
Regardless of what the rules are between our work and our home, the awareness of who we are and the directive to be heart centered in all that we do and say, makes a difference regardless of where we are.
I am a big proponent of harmony, of achieving success by flowing, going, acting where spirit directs me. I am guided, because I allow myself to be. It doesn’t mean that I sit back, do nothing, and lollygag. My work is to stay in touch, and harmony, and aligned with my higher self.
Having said that, what is coming up for you?
Are you one that allows your heart to lead decisions you make?
What would happen if we allowed both the heart & logic to inform your decision making?
So with personal decisions, maybe going with a heart decision is not so hard.
But what if it is a business decision?
Can you use the intelligence of the heart to bridge a relation in business in a way that supports an integration of who you are: body, mind, and spirit to that regardless of the relationship you have, you treat your business relationships and extend the love, kindness, and warmth as you do with kin?
A Heart-Centered Approach
Well, be it work, family or play, we can take a heart-centered approach.
Forward-movement come to mind: go to your heart!
Simple as that. When you are angry, confused, triggered, we’re just want to lash out, remind yourself of these four little words:
Go to Your Heart.
You can go to your heart and activate your hearts intelligence. Rather than acting from your reptilian brain, you can go to your higher functioning brain to deal with what’s in front of you. You can choose to be heart-centered, dealing with life and situations as it arises through the intelligence of your heart.
Reverend David McArthur best selling author of Your Spiritual Heart has a 3 step process access code to quickly go to your heart.
I’ll share with you the 3 step process from his book, The Spiritual Heart:
When something comes up that triggers you, simply put your hand to your heart and do the following:
- Touch & Breathe
- Remember & Feel
- Sincerely Ask
Well, that’s it for today. A really beautiful episode - I’m sure that more on this topic will be on store simply because it is so important that we live an integrated life - bring our whole selves with us along the process.
We need to dissolve any illusions that we are separate:
- Being exclusive rather than inclusive,
- Building walls rather than heartstrings
- Excluding rather than including
Both within ourselves, outwardly expressing. And in ourselves, as we process internally our experiences and what we go through life.
Regardless of theology, religion, background or upbringing, we are 1st and foremost human beings; we are perhaps truly spiritual beings living a human existence.
Join me, and together, we’ll go to the heart - in, thru and as the Anahata chakra to allow the sacred unfolding of the Light within to burst forward so we can be the best version of ourselves, in work - business and play - to be present in each moment.
Alright, dear Heart - my friends, that’s it for today!
If you are inclined to do some deeper work I’ve recorded a meditation for you to go with this particular podcast and together we can go to the heart.
Thanks for join me today - It is a privilege and a pleasure to be part of your sacred journey. This is evelyn foreman with path of presence, sending you good jujus and see you on the next episode!
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