Why Focus on the Heart?
Our deepest knowing, our deepest connections, and our deepest most fulfilling experiences in life are accessed through our heart because our heart is the center of peace, calm, joy, gratitude, and unconditional love. Our heart is the connection to the core of who we truly are, which is beyond the limitations and perceptions we impose on ourselves. However, our educational experiences have typically encouraged and trained us to cultivate and strengthen our mind rather than our heart. We have never been taught how to naturally connect with our heart and experience the ways our heart can directly support us in enhancing every aspect of our daily lives.
About Heart Based Therapeutics™
Heart Based Therapeutics™ is a transformative, state-of-the-art modality focused on learning to enjoy the many benefits of heart-centered living. Combining psychological theory with experiential learning, Heart Based Therapeutics™ provides an insightful, practical and enjoyable heart based approach to reducing stress and burnout, improving the quality of interpersonal relationships, and enhancing professional efficacy within the workplace. Learning to enhance the experience of peace, calm, gratitude, and joy directly optimizes all aspects of living as well as develops psychological resiliency for effectively adapting to adversity and stressors. When one learns to feel safe living with an open heart, a profound healing transformation can occur which leads to a tangible experience of completeness, contentment and fulfillment.
Enjoy Deep Transformational Change
The many transformational changes that naturally and effortlessly occur through the Heart Based Therapeutics™ process include:
- Improved health by decreasing the negative effects of stress.
- Eliminating the feelings of burnout, compassion fatigue and exhaustion.
- Reduced emotional reactivity.
- Responding and no longer “reacting” to stressful situations.
- Becoming more impervious to negative emotions.
- Things previously perceived as stressors no longer have the same stress-inducing effects.
- Reduction of conflicts in interpersonal relationships.
- Enhanced experience of intimacy, honesty and genuineness in relationships.
- The ability to forgive those who have hurt us in any way.
- Letting go of patterns of guilt, shame, and unworthiness.
- Becoming more patient and accepting of the imperfections in others and in ourselves.
- Letting go of problems and burdens, especially the ones that are beyond our control.
- An enhanced experience of heartfelt gratitude.
- The ability to establish healthier boundaries in our relationships.
- Letting go of sabotaging patterns.
- Recognizing and neutralizing unproductive belief systems.
Difference Between Heart-Centered & Mind Dominant
When we are properly heart-centered, our perception in the here and now and our responses to situations as they unfold are different than how a dominant mind attempts to manage emotions and circumstances. As we learn to ground in the experience of being heart-centered, things that used to trigger us might not even trigger us at all, or at very least, the frequency and intensity of our emotional reactivity to the trigger is significantly reduced. Resiliency and the experience of thriving rather than striving becomes the natural outcome. Heart intelligence is the natural quality of innate heart wisdom that can only be accessed through our heart, not our mind. This is the reason that the quality of our thoughts, perceptions, interpretations, and conclusions are very different when we are heart-centered as compared to how we think when our mind is dominant.
Today, most approaches in the field of coaching, mentoring or mental health therapy are mind based, and use the mind to heal the mind. Clearly, it is important that we develop the ability to identify and manage our emotions, which is needed for us to have a healthier mind. However, while we may be able to achieve many positive accomplishments in our lives, improve our self-esteem, and decrease our emotional reactivity, we may still find that we have a certain level of incompleteness. That feeling of not being whole, or of lacking some part, cannot be fulfilled through our attempts to develop a healthier mind. The experience of completeness can only be found through our heart because our heart is the doorway to fulfilling the innate longing that is within all of us – to feel profoundly safe and unconditionally loved.
The Role of the Heart in Whole-Person Caring
For human services professionals, organizational leaders and educators, the ability to provide Whole-Person Caring is essential. Instead of focusing on problems, symptoms or illness, caring for the whole person is centered around nourishing the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of a person’s life. The Whole-Person, Whole-Organization and Whole-Community Care model views problems from a holistic perspective and as an opportunity for positive change, emphasizing wellness, healthy lifestyle changes, or acceptance of what can’t be changed.
Whole-Person Caring is not a technique – it is a state of being that the practitioner experiences. Deeper experiences of heart-mind alignment and being guided by innate heart wisdom allows whole-person caring to be a natural expression of our being with burnout and compassion fatigue significantly diminished.
Learn more about our proven-effective and uniquely enjoyable Heart Based Therapeutics™ programs.