To all the 'one person band' heart centred carers

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Being part of a heart-centred team is a beautiful thing. This ‘tribe’ will support each other, have shared understandings, are good company, and notice ‘fuel tank’ levels and will take action to make deposits (in their own and their teammates) to keep them topped up. The energy will be positive and genuine, even in the challenging times. 

The team is important, yes, but it is not the only heart-centred ‘set up’ available. Some heart-teachers or carers don’t have the team. They are perhaps working solo in a home setting, or work with others but at this stage are the first to take the heart path.

The team is not there, but the heart? That’s there in bucketloads. 

Because we know this journey isn’t easy. Life-changingly rewarding, yes, but it is not the simple route. Going inward to work on who you are so you can offer your best to our wee ones is actual WORK. It’s ongoing, something to keep ‘on top’. That’s hard even with a team around you. On your own it’s a real challenge, and just shows how very devoted the solo voyager is to keeping the heart at the heart of teaching. 

It is hard, but it is also very possible to be this ‘one person band’. Heart-centred teaching is not actually a ‘centre choice’, it is an individual one. It is not setting specific or number on the license specific, or any other category that would cancel anyone out. Anyone with a real heart for children, and a desire to nurture little hearts instead of just teaching little heads can ‘sign up’. One person championing kindness for children may feel ‘small’ at times, but in fact what they are doing is HUGE. Hugely important, hugely brave, and hugely inspiring.

One person championing kindness for children may feel ‘small’ at times, but in fact what they are doing is HUGE. Hugely important, hugely brave, and hugely inspiring. 

When there is not the daily presence of like-hearted people around, how can we keep up our oomph for the journey? 

  • Firstly would be to keep our WHY front and centre in the mind and heart. Why we started on the journey is a signal for what is important to us. And as we continue, that ‘why’ is strengthened as we see the difference - in the children, their families, ourselves, and the environment. Holding tight to the why keeps us focused and lets us push through the obstacles. 

  • We have to prioritise our ‘fuel tank’ and top it up frequently. If we know what our soul food is we can infuse it into our day, as well as our non work hours so we have the best chance of being ‘full’ and offering our best selves. Music, books, creative expression, nature, food, beautiful things, conversation - everyone has their own ‘prescription’ and though it may feel hard, we are the ones responsible for filling our own. 

  • Find joy in the children. They really are marvels, and just being with them is magic. If we can lose some of the pressure, the feelings of the ‘should be’s, then we can enjoy them and be in-joy with them. Lessening our pace and losing the long list (of ‘to-do’s, for us and them) lightens the mental load and inspires us to keep going in this direction.

  • There are all kinds of ‘tribes’. If we’re isolated in one sense, we can seek some togetherness in another. The Heart School is not just Anja, Kimberley, Tessa - it is a community of kindred people to reach out to, tap into, and unite with. Look into our ‘channels’ of connection, since everyone who engages in these spaces is coming through their heart channel. It’s not the same as a face to face conversation, we know, but it’s a space to belong nonetheless. And every SINGLE person who wants to start in their heart, keep kindness at the core, and reach the hearts of children in their care is wholeheartedly welcome.  

One person championing kindness for children may feel ‘small’ at times, but in fact what they are doing is HUGE. Hugely important, hugely brave, and hugely inspiring.