“A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination.”
- Nelson Mandela
As I said, I was dismayed - in fact I was disheartened - because I refer to ‘heart’ regularly when I'm talking about what we each bring to our work in the world – e.g. “the teacher’s heart” – “the leader’s heart”. To me, ‘heart’ is so much more than simply the centre of our emotions and feelings. When I refer to ‘heart’, I'm talking about the very core of our being, the place where we bring together our intellect, our knowledge and experience, our values and beliefs, and yes, also, our feelings and intuition. When we’re able to operate from a place where all these parts of ourselves are integrated, feelings and intuition become an important source of creativity and wisdom. From this integrated centre we are able to step back and separate from our ego, and recognise how ego loves to control our lives with fear, ambitions and desire. Once freed from the controlling influence of the ego, we find we have the courage to show up in the world with all of ourselves, with our strengths and weaknesses, our successes and failures. From this integrated centre we also can find a deeper sense of purpose in life and the courage to stand up and strive for what we believe in.
The domain of the heart is also where we develop our human capacity for making meaningful connections and building rich, respectful and trustworthy relationships with ourselves, with others and with our shared environment.
For me, the word ‘heart’ signifies the source of our personal integrity and it is central to our sense of humanity.
I believe the world needs more leaders with heart.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift
and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honours the servant
and has forgotten the gift.”
- Albert Einstein –
"The longest journey you will make in your life is from your head to your heart"
- Native American proverb -