Why call it Heartfulness?
When there’s a difficult decision people will often say “follow your heart” or “what does your heart tell you?”
As Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. explains, “In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are the same." He says that if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. It means that compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into the practice. So you could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention to our selfs or others.
'To be heartful while being mindful means that our attention is not relegated to a cold, observing distance – but rather includes a warm, heartfelt relationship with whatever is happening in our experience, internal or external. It means that we are developing the capacity to regard life with a sense of empathy and kindness.
Instead of being driven by the pleasure/pain principle, both mindfulness and heartfulness practice teach us how to relate to the inevitable discomforts, pains, and losses of life with more balance, steadiness and compassion.'
The below text comes from the recent published article 'Is Heartfulness the New Mindfulness?' and really
points out why i think Heartfulness is important.
'The new focus of mindfulness, is the positive effect it can have on those around us. Heartfulness is really a product of mindfulness, which in turn comes from meditation that focusses on bringing awareness to the moment. Except that heartfulness takes it a step further, to include everything around you. Contrary to the popular perception of meditation — that it requires you to shut yourself out to ‘the world’ — heartfulness brings you to a state of awareness of the world, not just your own being.
I'm very motivated to integrate heartfelt practices in the Mindfulness course. I know that being on a healing, self transformation or personal growth path (or however you like to call it) can be confusing and that dealing with difficult emotions like sadness, anger or grief is hard. Gentleness, trust, empathy and non judging awareness are woven in my approach to guide you during the course.