He tangata – it’s the people

Here in New Zealand, there’s a Maori proverb which ponders what is the most important thing in the world. Their answer is ‘he tangata, he tangata, he tangata’ – it is the people, the people, the people.

People here, I’ve found, are warm and friendly, down-to-earth, open and respectful. They tend to be humble. They listen to others, and their mindset is collaborative. They love to share and laugh together, and for them sharing food is a way to bring people together, not so much about the food!

Seeing themselves as caretakers and protectors of the land for their children, they have a deep relationship with the land, the sea, and each other. The energy is heart-based.

What is the most important thing in the world to you?

Whether it’s people or not, it’s always good to reflect on our relationships – we all need connection – on how much time we give to those we care for, how much we encourage and support, how inclusive we are, what we are doing to build community.

In many places in the world today, life is fast-paced with communication often being electronic. How easy it is for children to miss out on time with a parent who is busy working long hours, for people to email or text rather than have a conversation with another human being. The energy is often mental, so we miss out on being around people whose heart is open, who feel beyond self and connect to others in appreciative ways.

If you wonder why you have great relationships with some people and not with others, if you experience the same issues again and again in relating to others , take a look at our Archetypes mentoring programme here which can help you understand who you are, see your strengths and gifts, and find ways to use them to find harmony within yourself so you can create the relationships you want.

The world needs more people with open hearts. The good thing is …it’s not dependent on anything outside ourselves. We simply need to understand our self, see what trips us up, and let go of anything that gets in the way of connecting to the diamond within our heart and our joy.

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