Heart Connected Community

- Dr. Jordan Paul

1. INTRODUCTION – THE JOURNEY TO OUR HEARTS

IntroWhat meaning does the Aristotle quote above have to you?

The heart represents a powerful, albeit usually unfulfilled, yearning for love and connection. Gaining a stronger link to our hearts and thereby finding greater fulfillment and joy is the focus of the Heart Connected Community. As our on-line community is built, many universally shared questions will be addressed, such as:

  • When I get something that I thought would make me happy like more money, marriage, children, sex, or getting my way, why do I so often feel unfulfilled and like it isn’t enough?
  • Why do I sometimes feel isolated and lonely with my family or friends and how do I create more meaningful connections with others and myself?
  • Why do I often feel anxious and sometimes, like a fraud?
  • What is my true heart’s desire and how do I manifest it?

Before joining us on this journey, you probably want to know something about your leaders. Clicking on our photos in the left column will take you to our websites but here are a few brief thoughts.

Jordan  – A few years ago I began writing about applying what I’ve learned over the past 50 years of studying relationships to my own life. Through some very dark and trying times, the overarching message that emerged came from seeing the heart as a metaphor for my authentic self. So, when I’m connected to me heart, I am one with myself, everything around me, and to a power that is greater than myself. In those moments my behavior is respectful and my life is flowing and fulfilling.

I believe that when heart-connected each of us is a wonderful and loving human being. Only when disconnected from our hearts do we become disrespectful of others, ourselves and our environment. My continuing personal work/joy is continuing to learn how to stay connected to my heart more of the time.

The image for this Introduction is on the cover of my book Becoming Your Own Hero because it so magically captures that unique and special place that sets apart a connection to our hearts from all other moments. When I can stay in that consciousness in the face of upsetting difficulties, I am empowered and my own hero.

When my friends at Adelman Enterprises asked me to serve on their Board of Advisors and to contribute to the Anthus channel, I knew that I would share only “my truth.” So, I hope you will utilize what feels right to you, question what does not feel right and reject what your heart does not need.

I also knew that offering a broader perspective than my own would best come from a woman. So, I asked Josie Kelly, , a person whose thinking I greatly value to join me on this exciting adventure.

Josie – When Jordan asked me to co-host this series it was an immediate, “Yes.” because leading with an open heart in my everyday interactions is crucial to my emotional and spiritual growth and health.

In my personal inner work, and also the mindfulness I see my clients practicing, it becomes clear that once we can observe and understand the roots of our reactions, judgments and feelings, we can move into more freedom and aliveness which naturally evolves into connection and feeling connected.

Cultivating a mindful and non-judgmental approach to observing our inner life allows us to develop a kind, respectful and loving relationship with ourselves. When we love ourselves, it’s easier to open our hearts to others and feel compassion, the root of the spiritual aspect of letting go of fear and surrendering to love.

I am thrilled and honored to be part of this journey.

The Heart Connected Community involves reading a weekly article of approximately 600 words and an optional one hour toll-free follow-up call facilitated by Jordan and Josie. Participants will remain anonymous thus providing a safe place to clarify and deepen the ideas presented in the article. The call will be recorded and archived for on-going participants as well as new community members.

The first series of posts are designed to be read in order. They are building blocks culminating in learning a new way for resolving the inevitable upsets that occur in every relationship. Learning how to deal with difficulties in ways that do not compromise your own integrity or the integrity of others results in increasing trust, long-term stability and closeness.

In the process you will gain greater awareness of:

  • How to live more in integrity with your authentic self.
  • The behavior and feelings that come both from your heart and when you are disconnected from your heart.
  • The beliefs and fears that disconnect you from your heart and limit your ability to more fully love others and yourself.
  • How to return to your heart whenever you lose that connection and clean up the problems that inevitably result.

The first series of posts serve as a framework for subsequent articles applying that foundation to specific behaviors, feelings and issues such as arguments, sexual intimacy, emotional intimacy, spirituality, guilt, anger, forgiveness, gender identity, jealousy, infidelity, broken agreements, parenting and much, much more.

At the end of each post will be simple but powerful ideas for integrating and utilizing your learning.

For Your Journey

  1. Think about times when you were heart-connected and heart-disconnected and write about the differences in your feelings and outcomes of those experiences. (Keeping a journal will be a useful tool for clarifying and deepening your learning.)
  2. Remember times when you have shared your heart with another person and write about how that changed your life and theirs.
  3. Take a few minutes to relax and listen to John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” As you allow the words and music to fill you, write what your heart is telling you about your desire for peace within yourself as well as in all the communities in your life, especially your home and workplace.
  4. Send in your questions about this post or about this series to, jordan@drjordanpaul.com.
  5. Call in for a live discussion at . If you are not able to join us for the live call you can hear the recording at any time by going to

To join the community, just send an email to jordan@drjordanpaul.com letting us know that you are interested. The first call will be scheduled for the first 25 people who respond.

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