Just after Christmas I had a premonition that we – whether we live in a big city or a small village, in Europe or in Africa, in New Delhi or New York – were going to need every possible help and support to resolve arguments and prevent fights. I dreamed about being shut in, impatient and frustrated. I never dreamed it was a pandemic that we would face.
It was so strong that I sat down and wrote everything I know about conflicts, and people who know how to transform them. I rounded up examples of what people do when faced with violence, whether it be verbal or physical. I discovered what works to stop an argument escalating, whether it be in the home, in the community, in the workplace or even in government. I included the insights of many wise people who know much more than I, and the stories of what they have achieved.
As it poured onto the page, I came to the conclusion that there’s a muscle we’re going to need to develop, more than anything else, if we are to be competent to stop violence. It is the power of the heart. Each and every one of us, young or old, has the capacity to grow and expand that latent strength that we all have, the capacity for compassion. This is the opportunity to develop a Mighty Heart. Your own Mighty Heart.
So with the help of our wonderful printers we have rushed out this short booklet, wanting to make it available as easily and cheaply as possible. It’s called The Mighty Heart, and you can order it from the Business Plan for Peace website, or from my own website. There is an e-version to make it easier to access during these times.
We hope you find it useful.
What you will learn in this book
This short guidebook offers you the experience of people who have been preventing and resolving conflict for decades. Some of them work at the front-line – at the sharp end of armed violence. Others support their relatives to bring peace to family issues, help stop bullying in their children’s schools, or help their colleagues reduce stress in the workplace. Yet others mediate peace negotiations between warlords.
Here you will find practical, non-technical guidance for how to build your ‘Mighty Heart’, because the heart is the secret to all transformation. In this guidebook you will build the capacity and skills to have ‘courageous conversations’, to engage your feminine intelligence (available equally to men as to women), to understand how to work with and tame your inner critic, how to use anger as a fuel for transformation, and most importantly how to develop Presence.