Vision & Philosophy That Guide Our Work

“And suddenly you just know it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”  – Meister Eckhart

1. Feeling “at home” in your work requires connection, balance and mindfulness. 

When you lose connection to self, others, nature or purpose, you diminish your work and life balance. “Paying attention” fosters an inner and outer focus to life and can lead to a sense of clarity about options and decisions.

2. Work is often an arena in which you explore larger life issues. 

Noticing patterns that repeatedly present themselves at work and do not serve you is an important step to shifting them. 

When a work-related challenge seems more complex and difficult than it should, it may have historical themes that go beyond the current situation.  

Understanding whether or not you are dealing with issues that are old and unresolved will help you rethink your response to the challenge, and move through it more effectively.

3. You hold within you an awareness of your authentic work at any life stage. 

Your awareness may become blurred when your resources are depleted or when you think only one outcome is desirable or possible. Time and attention devoted to self-care, reflection, and focused questions will allow your inner knowing to emerge.

4. The Second Half of Life often represents a life stage when you experience restlessness or a compelling desire for change and greater meaning. 

Work transitions in this life stage often integrate competencies and skills that you’ve developed over time and, when combined, result in a great sense of satisfaction. This can also be a time for you to re-discover interests or abilities that you have forgotten, discounted or neglected.

The question you may ask yourself at this time can shift from “Who am I supposed to be?” to “Who am I meant to be?”

Our Approach

We consider our work with clients as a partnership and we encourage clients to assume an active role in their career transition. 

At Heart At Work Associates, we do not do the work for clients (e.g. writing resumés for them or placing them in jobs); rather we help them clarify what they want and guide them in the most effective ways to arrive at their goal—a model that empowers clients to take charge of their work transitions.

Recommended Resources to Inspire You

Pilgrim by David Whyte

Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer

Callings by Greg Levoy

The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife by Marc Freedman

You Already Know What To Do by Sharon Franquemont

Do What You Are by Paul and Barbara Tieger

The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, Adventure in the 25 Years After 50 by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

A Blessing
by John O’Donohue

May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew yo