From scientists such as Daniel Siegel and Rick Hanson to Zen teachers like Bernie Glassman and Thich Nhat Hanh, our influences are rich and diverse.
The Science of Heart and Mind
It is only through the combination of scientific evidence and practical application that a heart-based approach to life becomes substantive and meaningful.
We are inspired by the efforts of figures such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Rick Hanson, Kristin Neff, Daniel Siegel and others who have worked to explain and evidence mindfulness-based approaches from a neurophysiological perspective and who give clarity and rigour to the field of mindfulness work.
Alongside them, we draw on the work of the HeartMath Institute, which has generated over three decades of research on heart intelligence and the science of Heart Rate Variability and coherence.
The work of seminal figures such as Besel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine and Gabor Mate, who bring the insights of somatic approaches to bear upon the therapeutic model, also inspire our own approach in its attempt to re-integrate head, heart and body and to bring a psychologically aware and trauma-informed understanding to our work.
Engaged Mindfulness and heart-based Social Action
We gather inspiration from pioneering teachers who have left legacies of heart-based social action. We are particularly influenced by the example of zen master Thich Nhat Hanh who taught that secular mindfulness is more than just a ‘tool’, but instead is offered as an engaged practice, capable of bringing about profound personal and social change.
The Heart Movement has also been profoundly inspired by the work of the late zen teacher and radical social entrepreneur, Bernie Glassman who spent his life seeking to understand social struggle from the perspective of those living it. Acting from this understanding, he was committed to creating social organisations, businesses and community programmes with an ethic of listening at their heart.
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HeartMath helps you to transform your stress into resilience, to achieve higher levels of performance and to live your life with more heart, health and happiness.
HeartMath is a system of simple and powerful self-regulation techniques which are easy to learn and designed to be used “in the moment”, whatever the situation, meaning that you can bring your best self to your professional, social and personal lives.
And what makes HeartMath unique is that you can practise the techniques using our Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Coherence biofeedback app and sensor. Coherence Biofeedback gives you real-time insight into your emotional, mental and physical state. This increases your self-awareness and helps you to develop the ability to self-regulate emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
Intelligent Change: Tools to positively change your life
Intelligent Change crafts elegant tools and simple daily routines to instil positive change in your life – including their famous Five Minute Journal which encourages you to shift your mind to a state of optimism. It is full of approachable and structured exercises that can lead you down a path toward an enhanced version of the person you already are.
Zen Peacemakers International is an NGO created by the late Bernie Glassman to serve as a global movement and network for mindful social action. Their work is informed by ‘three tenants’ of social action that serve to inspire responses to injustice that are informed by experiencing connection and direct encounters with challenging situations and environments. Participants and leaders of the ZPI have participated in experiences of bearing witness to the social and political conditions of homelessness, urban food poverty, arms trade, the refugee situation and the conditions that create genocide and their legacy in Poland, Rwanda, Bosnia and South Dakota. Their aim is to witness in order to learn and to take action from a place of humility and depth of understanding.
Compassionate Mental Health is a UK-based Community Interest Company which offers experiential events designed to inform, inspire and empower people living and working with mental distress. Part of a growing worldwide movement calling for a more integrative approach to mental health- one that celebrates and encourages the power of community, connection, self care and solidarity in the process. Their events are for anyone curious about a fresh approach, including people and families with personal experience of mental distress, frontline staff, commissioners, managers, clinicians, policymakers and Third Sector staff.