Good Mindful Monday everyone! As we continue the theme of hearts and love for the month of February which celebrates Heart Health Awareness, I would like to share some thoughts I have concerning the health of your heart, your worklife and your ability to affect others in the work you do, in our out of the workplace.
How does your Heart Awareness affect your work, your relationships and your life of well-being? The four quadrants of the heart represent your mind, body, emotions and spirit. The Heart Centered Wheel of Life helps one to see what parts of their life need attention, nourishment, care and mindful respect. If you are a business owner or an entrepreneur, do you think of the heart health of your business or practice? Just like the physical aspects of the heart, how you practice can be a metaphor for living a heartfull life.
The heart is our center, our hOMe, our seat of the soul. In the healthy heart, the vessels that feed and nourish it are clear of debris, flow like streams, are flexible and carry important energy and oxygen to all the cells in our body. In an unhealthy heart, the opposite is true. Vessels are stiff; flow may be blocked partially or totally, unable to carry the required nourishment to keep the heart muscle alive. The heart pumps and beats to it’s own drummer. At times it is erratic, irregular and sometimes it beats so loudly and fiercely, it feels like it is trying to pound it’s way out!
When you think about the heart of your business or practice, what is it’s focus? Is it the center from which the practice emanates from? Does it stand at Intention for the good of the whole? How does your practice get nourishment? Does it get the right food, in the form of people or colleagues? Do they in turn, feed nourishment into the business with excitement, great ideas and share each other’s plates? Or do they bring their own paper sack and eat alone at their desk? This might be a true vision or a metaphor. Either way, It begins with nourishment.
Does your practice have flowing vessels, unencumbered by blockages that may prevent it from feeling like it is cared for? Does it feel loved, connected to the whole of the business? What might be stopping it or slowing it down from truly flourishing? Does it have a shared heartbeat for outcomes that feel the move forward? Is it getting the attention it needs to feel it’s importance or is it just part of many items that are needed to run a successful business? Is it the seat of the soul of your business? Does it guide your service to the greater good? The spirit of a business is often noted when looking at what drives the heart from the center.
Do you or/and your employees feel cared for as you care for them? Do their contributions drive the flow or slow it down? If it does get slowed down, how do you nourish it so it feeds more oxygen into bold action that benefits the whole? Are you mindful of any actions that could affect the homeostasis of the business? If so, are there healthy habits that can help it regain balance? The heartbeat of a business is no different than our own. It beats individually and together, entraining the other beats to come together and work in harmony just like our own hearts do for the other parts of our body. One depends on the other for ultimate health and well-being.
What ways do you practice well-being in your practice? What needs extra care and nourishment? Finances? Sleep? Rest? Stress Management? Whole Foods? Cooperation?
So you see, there are many ways our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual heart are akin to the life we lead. The care we give to our hearts can be no different than the care we give to our families, our friends, our colleagues, and our careers and/or workplaces. We can set the intention to be mindful of how our behavior, choices, love and healing ways we offer to ourselves can ripple out to the world around us. We are the role models for others in how we care for ourselves and others. Be the loving heart and the Aloha you wish to see in the world. Have a beautiful heartfelt week.