The Heart Led Ethos
When it comes to an ethos centred around the heart, it's easy to jump to whimsical ideals of romance or perhaps, proclaim it should never be trusted. Regardless of your personal take, one thing no one can deny is our hearts influence on our lives.
Now, for clarity, when referring to the heart, The Heart Led leans more broadly to our deeper intelligence and inner knowing; a beautiful combination of the head, heart and gut - our three brains - alongside our intuition and consciousness. And, I'll be honest, when it came to a name, all that would be lengthy, neither the head or gut led made the cut, and the idea of our heart as a centre is easy to translate.
And so, far from simply "listening to our hearts", the engagement our incredible minds, intuition and abilities to decipher and move forward in life is intrinsic to progress and discovery. No sailor ever successfully navigated the sea simply following his heart; therein lies the beauty of knowledge, wisdom and practical experience. While the heart may form a catalyst for adventure, further tools are required.
Being heart led is a way to connect with our most innate sense of being, to take in to account the width and depth of life's vast experience through our own personal lens, alongside the true beauty of our capability to evolve. We are creatures of nature, capable of rational and critical thought, who are scientific, philosophical, emotional, spiritual and carnal.
We digest our experience of life in a number of ways, from the thought patterns created in our formative years through to the feelings and emotions that pepper our days. The Heart Led explores these connections, whether it be clothing, food, travel through to relationships or mental health, and how we perceive the world around us, and in turn our ability to decipher, understand, learn and grow to make the very best of our one rare life.
Connections in life are consistent, from our understanding of and relationship with nature, ourselves and others, through to the daily filling of our lives, uniting the inside with the out, consciously or subconsciously, negatively or positively, woven like invisible thread. Forming a framework for this mission of discovery and understanding, The Heart Led centres around three main values to stem from and return to:
1. Stay Curious.
Curiosity and learning are the root of our growth. Tapping into this natural thirst - be it knowledge, love, creativity, experience - stimulates critical movement in our lives. It is the beauty of our evolution to prosper into the unknown, like a flower opening to the sun, curiosity warmly draws us forward. Discover, learn, grow.
2. Loving Nature.
To both love nature and be loving by nature. As the beautiful, sweet, simple energy of life, love is the driving force, and something we all possess. We are nature and hold a responsibility to it. Here we come home to this, to love as our natural state, where we both create from and return to as our source of inspiration, motivation and dedication.
3. Passionate Responsibility.
Here we learn ourselves; emotionally, historically, mentally and creatively. With the intention to step into our own power, we answer our calling to step up, grow, to thrive and bring greatest positive impact. We take responsibility for ourselves, our impact, sharing in life with those around us, passionately exploring purpose driven life.
I should round off with one lavish disclaimer: There is no burden of any 'right way' here, only what may provide inspiration and information for the next stage of your own journey. So, take all or in part of what is presented, perhaps as a resource to learn your own heart and mind, and free yourself into life the way nature has always intended.