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Hallmarks of Heartspace

There is more to living than getting good jobs, living opulently, going exotic places, or being an extravagant person. More than ever, people around the world are wondering how to live meaningful lives filled with substance, depth, and a different kind of success than what marketers sell. People want to know how to become deeply engaged within themselves. After learning from thousands of workshop participants over the last decade, I have discovered five hallmarks of Heartspace.

Hallmarks of Heartspace

Hallmark 1: It’s for everyone.
Every person in every home in every community around the world should become engaged in themselves.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much money you have or don’t have, or where you live; None of these should be barriers to personal engagement. Instead, these are points to build on and learn from. Personal engagement is an active, intentional process whereupon everybody everywhere can become purposefully compelled as humans.

Hallmark 2: It begins with you. 
Everybody should be active within their families and throughout their communities. Personal engagement goes far beyond meditation or self-study or listening to music or writing poetry. Making roles for ourselves through democratic action, powerful cultural expression activities, and meaningful experiences of freedom of speech throughout society opens the doors and sustains personal engagement. Personal engagement can happen in our homes, when we play, through relationships with others, and throughout our lives.

Hallmark 3: You are responsible for you. 
Only through the constant self-encouragement and self-focus will each of us feel there is a real place within ourselves to connect to, our Heartspace. Personal engagement extends beyond our own interests, and every single person in our lives is a reflection of that. However, nobody else is responsible for it. Every person should feel that self-engagement is their own responsibility.

Hallmark 4: Teach why, not how. 
Learning to engage in our lives is something many people want to do without every knowing that is what they want to do. This is literally why we “get engaged” before we get married- to want to have a sustained connection in our lives, and that’s (minimally) what marriage should be. Good teachers actually aspire to engage their students in learning without every being explicit in their intentions; good doctors, health; good authors, stories; good bosses, work. Every person should develop their own understanding of what engages them in life. If you want to engage another person, take a constructivist perspective about the nature of engagement, the purpose of teaching, and the arch of lifelong personal engagement. We live this life from cradle to grave in order to become engaged; teaching others to do that requires more than simply doing; it requires facilitating. There is a difference.

Hallmark 5: It’s never done. 
Will Rogers once said, “Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you don’t move.” We live in a world of transition and transformation. Everyone of us changes with the times whether we do it intentionally or not, whether we acknowledge it or not. It is hardwired in our Heartspace to understand that if we do the same old things we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got. As society constantly changes, we do. Many people have told me that their lives have changed more in the last 5 years than at any other point in their lives. Society is evolving faster than ever, right nowThat gives people who want to engage others a lot of opportunities to become personally engaged within themselves. Along the way, we can transform our homes, our organizations and businesses, our governments, and our society in order to truly engage every single person in every single community around the world. Personal engagement is at the core of every single person’s life, and that should be how we engage with every single person, all the time.

Those are the Hallmarks of Heartspace. What are your own hallmarks?

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

By Adam F.C. Fletcher

I'm a speaker, writer, trainer, researcher and advocate who researches, writes and shares about education, youth, and history.

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