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WORLD KINDNESS DAY 2020 and other updates

CAFÉ UPDATE Thank you to everyone who supported the re-opening of the café over the summer. We hope you enjoyed the new colour scheme and Covid-19 safety measures put in place by our friend Bob. We’re sad to be closed to visitors again this month, but Namdi will continue to offer a takeaway service during lockdown between 12–3pm and 5–7pm, Monday-Saturday. Please pre-order during opening hours on 07908 139244 or just turn up. Every order…

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Poem of the Week

Thank you to everyone who has suggested poems for us to put up on the shop window of The Good Heart during the lockdown. Week One: Stay Home by Wendell Berry I will wait here in the fields to see how well the rain brings on the grass. In the labor of the fields longer than a man’s life I am at home. Don’t come with me. You stay home too. I will be standing…

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Healthy comforting food for challenging times

Tibetan Memories are happy to provide home deliveries during the lockdown. Please contact Elissa on 07986 726147 or Namdi on 07908 139244. Main dishes at £5 include: Chickpeas in a Spinach Sauce; Seasoned Mixed Vegetables; and Potato and Pea Curry. Rice is £1/portion. All portion sizes are 500ml. In addition we can offer Sweetheart Moms (£5 for 4 pieces); lentil dahl (£4); Herbys4s local apple juice (£2.50 for 250ml/£5 for 750ml) and Shotimaa Organic Chai…

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Heartspace: a daily moment of calm

Are you interested in strengthening your capacity to stay calm and kind during these challenging times? Would you enjoy spending half an hour in the company of a small and friendly group of like-minded people? Every weekday morning, the team at The Good Heart offer a gentle half-hour of mindful reflection. The current Heartspace leaders are: Paul Wielgus (Mondays); Dan Lupton (Tuesdays); Sandra Whilding (Wednesdays); Rob Collett (Thursdays) and Bessie Bidder (Fridays), each with their…

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Live and let live

Up until that moment we’d been having what I’d found to be a thoughtful conversation about the state of the world and the pressing need for an increase in kindness and compassion. She was a retired social worker, her husband the former director of a prominent international NGO, both with a long history of good works. We were sitting under a sun umbrella at a friend’s anniversary party, and I’d been trying to keep the…

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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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