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Dec 13

What is it?

Open Hearted Works is a community oriented Blog dedicated to those who believe (or want to believe) that keeping an open heart can work—in relationships, in day-to-day living, at work, at home—everywhere and in every situation!

Visionaries have different ways of talking about the benefits of living with an open heart:

  • Helen Keller 
”The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
  • Bob Hope “If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, then you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”  (Mr. Hope lived to 100)
  • From the ancient Indian Upanishads “There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in your heart.”
  • Alexandr Solzhenitsyn: “It is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world.”

Many of us try to protect ourselves by closing our hearts or erecting barriers in similar ways, but this method of shutting down doesn’t protect us from harm.  Furthermore, these barriers also make us less able to deal with challenges in a healthy manner because we use our emotional energy to build the barriers rather than nourishing a strong sense of our true self.  When I shut myself off from life, I find that I am not able to block challenges from coming my way; I also miss opportunities to relate deeply and experience profound connection with others.

Some of us have made progress in keeping an open heart in our personal relationships with significant others, family and friends.  On the other hand many of us find that remaining open in our workplace is the challenge.  We are afraid that if we let our peers see our true desires or permit our manager to learn about our weaknesses, a choice project or promotion may not be forthcoming; and might even jeopardize our employment.

Trends like Conscious Capitalism, Social Responsibility, and just plain aware human beings continue to show us that the workplace does not have to “work” this way.  Through these movements many people are transitioning to being more safe, secure, encouraging, and open hearted at work.  Yippee!

So please join the conversation here at Open Hearted Works! to:

  • Share ideas and practices that work for you
  • Learn from others about opening your heart in your personal and professional life
  • Know which companies are doing what
  • Discover Gain awareness, become aware Open Hearted management and leadership techniques (you don’t have to be a manager to benefit from them)
  • Gain insights into new trends and movements

I am looking forward to hearing from you and conversing!

About the author

Lisa Hamaker

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