When I started thinking about the Heart-Centered Life Project in June 2019, I had a very sketchy idea of what a heart-centered life might look like. All I knew was that a heart-centered life and everything that flowed from that embodied qualities such as authenticity, empathy, kindness, and openness. With everything that is happening these past few weeks with COVID-19, my ideas have crystallized some more and I decided to spend more time developing the project along these lines. In that light, this presentation touches on some of the things I thought about before and where I see this project going.
I recently interviewed Jackson author, Latoya Lawson, about her book Ma'Sitter. In the interview, we talked about her book and her plans for the next installment in the series. We also talked about how she finds the inspiration and courage to create work that has a huge impact on the world. Latoya has really good advice on how to create really good work - take one step at a time. Just start and take the first step towards creating your final work product.
Enjoy the conversation and I apologize for the noise. We did the interview at the Mississippi Museum of Art and it got quite noisy in the middle of the interview. I will look for a quieter place next time.
There are so many known benefits to being creative. Yet, few of us make creativity a practice or habit. In this week's podcast episode, we discuss some of the known benefits of creativity, why being creative and sharing your work with the world is hard, and finding the courage to do that. As we discussed in Episode 4, if we are all able to meet the world's deepest need from our place of deep happiness, we will be truly fulfilled and happy. Being creative is a great way to access our heart-center but we should not just stop there. We should share our creative output with the people around us and with the world. And we need to find the courage to do just that - share our creativity with the world. American columnist, Erma Bombeck's quote about creativity sets the discussion in this podcast about having the courage to be creative:
In this podcast, I discuss what courage might look like and how I find the courage to create and share my creative work you and with the world. I've...
One key essential to the heart centered life is authenticity: the quality of being real, truthful, and genuine. Authentic people tend to be trustworthy because they consistently tune in to an inner moral compass to guide their interaction with the world around them. They make excellent leaders because their mission in the world is deliberately aligned with their most authentic personal values.
Being authentic, however, goes much deeper than sharing personal bits of information about yourself and being so vulnerable that you become an open book to the world.
Here are 5 surprising but important truths about authenticity that will help you become a leader who inspires and is highly respected:
1. Authenticity is not a leadership style, it's your character.
Leadership styles are manifestations of your responses to a particular situation. You may use an authoritative, supportive, or democratic approach to managing people in your team or resolving a...
People often ask, "What is the Heart-Centered Life?" and what does it mean to be "heart-centered?" when I talk about the launch of my website and the Heart-Centered Life Podcast. Since I get asked these question quite a lot, I decided to devote this post to answering that question and going a step further to explaining why living a heart-centered life is especially important in this time and age.
What is a "heart-centered life"?
A "heart-centered life" is a life where we live our daily life in true alignment with our values, purpose, inner morality, personal experiences, and intuition. It is life where we can access our authenticity (which I take to mean a realistic view of one's self and others) and powerful emotions like empathy, courage, kindness, inner resiliency, strength, and integrity to be better people and leaders. A heart-centered life is the most fulfilling way to live because we draw from our inner reservoir of positive emotions in our approach to the world.