heARTful is a word I made up to mean awareness from and leading with the heart. heARTful Action posts focus on how to stand up and create a culture of health, inclusion and kindness. heARTful Action posts are calls to love warriors everywhere.
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, there can be no denying that these are turbulent, uncertain days. After a week of reading and listening, I see that I have been both blind and deaf to the suffering of vulnerable populations and passive in my social engagement. I’m sharing what I’m learning as I open my ears, eyes, and heart, and offer practical, tangible ways that you can do your own heARTful action.
Today, two things to play with:
(1) Make It Personal
It can be easy for me to get carried away in what is important to someone else, so it’s worth taking the time to make it personal. Think and feel about what matters the most to you. There are endless projects and programs that could use support so pause and check in with you.
First, ask yourself, “What’s the biggest YES for me?” Ask yourself what is most important to you: you can use it as a contemplation or conversation question or do some free writing/journaling to see what makes your heart pound.
Then ask yourself, “What do I desire?” When we resist or fight against something, that energy only causes the situation to perpetuate, but when I ask, “What do I desire?” a creative space of possibility opens.
Once you’ve considered these questions, do your best to write a single sentence that describes that which is important to you and what you desire to create. Here’s mine:
I desire to live in a thriving culture of kindness, inclusivity, and health that fully recognizes the interdependence and interconnectedness of everything.
What’s yours? Please share it in the comments below or on the heARTful Action Facebook page (or both!). Then, as you choose where to put your time, energy and money, align it with your purpose.
(2) Campaign of Kindness
Most days, I’m a damned cheerful thing but when I’m feeling stressed or upset, I tend to fold in and close down as I move through my day. In alignment with my purpose statement, I know that it is important to me to live as kindly as I can even when I’m feeling down or discouraged.
I’m calling it my personal Campaign of Kindness and I’m doing my best to do the kindest thing I can in every situation. This may mean thanking the people folding towels or smiling and looking directly at the cashier at the grocery store. It may mean reminding a friend that their feelings matter and that I am there for them. It may mean calling my congress folk when something fishy is happening. Lately, it may also mean letting myself sit on the couch with the cat for a while or or finding time for yoga even when I’m busy or having another cup of tea instead of rushing back to my computer.
As you move through your day, what is the kindest thing you can do?
Here is a helpful resource to help navigate sticky situations of unkindness and disrespect.
Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry (Abridged Version)
Join us online in the heARTful Action Facebook group! It’s a place to share ideas and intentions and to gather support and colleagues in the actions that you want to do. All are welcome (Charlottesville or no).