More about People of the Heart's
Mission and Vision
Three threads weave together to support the mission of
People of the Heart...
The Braided Way
The Braided Way is an Interfaith approach to a very personal yet
spirituality. It acknowledges and honors diverse walks of life and
paths to the Divine, encouraging and allowing for each person's right to
and trust in a Greater Power of their own choosing. Freedom and respect
the key elements that define this inclusive approach to spirituality. We
believe Love is the most powerful force in the universe and is a path
peace and unity regardless of different religions or creeds. The Braided
the respectful ground upon which the primary purpose and vision of
the Heart rests.
Deep Ecology and Interconnectedness
Deep Ecology is both a philosophy and a movement that highlights humanity's
interconnectedness with all life. Ecology is the study of organisms and their
interaction with their environment. When combined with a belief in the value
of all life, it becomes a deep ecology that motivates and frees us from the illusion that we are separate. How we treat the Earth and other life forms is how we treat
ourselves. By developing our own deep ecological inner and outer self, we see
perhaps in a new way that we are all connected. As our
American Indian brothers and sisters understood: every living thing is our
relative. The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. On the land of
People of the Heart, we walk gently, asking the land to guide us in helping it
heal. Thus, we heal the Earth and ourselves in the process.
Spiritual community is our hope for a future here on Earth. For it is in
community that we grow, learn, and love despite our differences and because of
our diversity. In the 21st century, alive, vibrant, grassroots communities may
be the medicine that will restore our world. In supportive groups of kindred
spirits, we heal and help others to heal. We become present to this moment
of life we are living and we reach out to make a difference for others. We
slow down and remember we are One.
Another word for spiritual community from the
Buddhist tradition is Sangha, which describes a group of people who come
together regularly to share life affirming practices and principles in a mindful
way as friends on a sacred path. Here on this magical land—People of the Heart—men, women, and children travel out to the country to gather round and share in a variety of community events. We laugh, we cry, we pray, we sing. We reach out to be of service to the Earth and to people in need. We take social
and environmental actions when moved to do so. Here, city folk can find a
respite from noise and activity. Circles congregate for sweat lodge ceremonies, retreats, and celebrations.
Mostly, we gather to remember that the Earth is our true home and that we
are related to all life through divine love!