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Kindness & the natural world

We’re launching an occasional series of film screenings at The Good Heart on Monday 16 September 8pm with Michaelangelo Frammartino’s extraordinary film Le Quatro Volte (The Four Times). Set in Italy’s mountainous region of Calabria, it traces the path of a goat herder’s soul, as it passes from human to animal to vegetable to mineral, inspired by Pythagoras’ belief in “four-fold transmigration” of souls. It’s an exquisite mediation on the cycles of nature. ” This…

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Year One

The Good Heart opened in July 2018 and was originally conceived as a ‘one year pop-up.’ During its the first year the café not only served an ever-increasing customer base of momo enthusiasts and others, but also offered hundreds of free meals to people in need. Questions are never asked, but we know these have included homeless people, families on low incomes and those struggling with Universal Credit delays, as well as anyone who may…

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Kindness as a radical value

Kindness is often seen is a rather fuzzy way, as a quasi-religious virtue of being “nice” to other people. “Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.” as Kahlil Gibran puts it rather cutely. I think kindness can be something more powerful, a potential tool of personal and social transformation. Here are three way of looking at it: a) As a way of perceiving the world: kindness invites us to consider other people and…

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