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PURPOSE – Do You Have One?


Whew – its been two years since I’ve posted on this blog.

Lots of Travels and Changes since then.  Including a new dog, inherited from a friend.

Little Moose - well before he was even a thought to come our way.  Happy he did. Sweet Boy.

Little Moose – well before he was even a thought to come our way. Happy he did. Sweet Boy.

Time to restart the engines. Hi Ya’ll.

What got me going is DAVID BROOKS and his New York Times opinion essay on 5-5-15. With his new book THE ROAD TO CHARACTER, he seems to be on a quest to inspire moral conversation. On his website, invites people to post their bucket list, note their hero and share their purpose. He asked readers to answer three questions: 1. Have you Found Your Purpose in Life? 2. If So, How Did You Find It? 3. What Decisively Helped You Get There?

Geez Lousie – that kind of question is right up my alley!

 

My response is posted below.
And I’m curious as to what your answer would be?
Peace – Laura

MY PURPOSE: ‘Live A Heart Centered Life’
By Laura Matson Hahn

When I was in my formative years, 0 to 18, there were five key elements which formulated what became my purpose in life. It was no grand objective to serve the world. It was more like a bet with myself, could I do it? Sixty years hence I can say I did, and still do.

But I hesitate to use the word purpose – for the word has become associated with the great ‘new age’ scurry to tag oneself with a vaulted ideal or cause. All the better if it garners applause, sell books or engenders an “ah-ha” from the divine Miss O. All of which, keeps people focused on external validation for an understanding that is essentially an inside job.

My purpose was the opposite: “To Live A Heart-Centered Life:” To measure my choices from the inside out. To discover my life, my path, with the guidance of my heart. To be true to the spirit I innately felt within. To trust my quiet inner voice.

While there was no one speaking about “heart-centered” living back then, the adage of follow your heart was ubiquitous and universal. But How to do that was the question I pursued, leading to a most interesting career, diverse study, world travel, good friends, spouse and a book on that very subject.

The five key elements of my youth were:

FIRST: A vivid dream at ten, envisioning a book I would write much later, after I’d acquired some life experience. (this has happened).

SECOND: Around the same age, observing my mother’s duties in raising 8 children led to my declaration not to have children. (never did, never regretted)

THIRD: While cooking dinner, my mother played musicals on the stereo to entertain her children. I became enchanted by a line from The Unsinkable Molly Brown: “I mean much more to me than I mean to anybody I ever knew.” It married my soul. I had to know what that felt like. It sounded good. (and it is).

FOURTH: Growing up in the age of Bo Derek, I longed for a mentor to show me how life works, to tell me what to do. I did not get that mentor. But I got several others who showed me myself and how to apply that in my life choices. (much better)

FIFTH: In my senior High School year, my father had a heart attack and open heart surgery. I witnessed his dramatic life switch from a crew-cut company man to a singer and dancer in local Gilbert and Sullivan productions, taking Chinese cooking and modern dance classes, growing his hair and a beard and learning the art of a well placed valium when the stress of his bosses was too high.

The last solidified my choice to live my life NOW: to risk not being the same as everyone. To strike out on my own with no Daddy Warbucks back up. To make every choice based on the trueness it felt within me, regardless of other’s options. To avoid external measures.

Was it easy? Nawww. It takes a pretty strong constitution to swim up stream. I didn’t marry young and have children. I didn’t want to raise someone else to live their life true. I wanted to know the truth of me, in this body, on this earth, at this time. I wanted to feel ALIVE like Maggie The Cat and Auntie Mame. I did things my family didn’t understand. I sought out knowledge about the spirit and sociology, participating in a wide range of classes and movements, harvesting what was right for me and letting the rest go. Each decade revealed new challenges, understanding, temperance, disappointment, excitement and love until finally I was ready to write the book on just that subject and LO! science had caught up with my initial sensibilities.

In the 1990’s Paul Pearsall and Doc Childre premiered books on the factual discoveries of the Heart’s Intelligence separate from the brain and the actual existence of the heart’s wisdom. It spurred me to add my voice to that knowledge with the creation of the novel, THE HEART CODE, illustrating the hows and means for hearing and heeding one’s heart. And I wrapped it around the facts of an ancient civilization, the original Bohemians, Circa 3000 BCE (who inspired your own work, Mr. Brooks: Bohos In Paradise).

So in essence, my philosophic choice turned into my purpose many years later.

As Gamma says to her granddaughter in The Heart Code:
“To make dream is good, is part of life. Is how we know ourselves, test ourselves . . . but maybe is only small part of journey. More important, maybe, is what happen along the way. The people we meet. The laughter we find. The trouble we work through. Things we cannot know or imagine. Things we cannot dream. Things that come out of following our dream. This, I think, is what life is really for. To find out who we are from what we face, with courage, with creativity, with truth. This is why we have life, I think. Dreams are just something to do while we learn how to live.”

I think that is true for the majority of people who live as best they can from a good interior set of values. From my experience, the only thing I have to pass on to every generation is this: We now know we are mostly the same, in our DNA. So what makes us unique is our path. The key skill for finding that path is hearing your own heart voice. Everything we need to maximize our learning and loving on this planet is already in one’s heart. In essence: It’s An Inside Job.

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And Now Presenting …..


For those who haven’t heard ….

THE HEART CODE Novel is now released to the world!  TaDa!  Long time a’coming but very pleased with the result.

Below is the press release.EBook_Heart_Code_Cover04

It can be ordered via AMAZON.com or http://www.createspace.com/3666028 and soon it can be bought in the New Hope Farley’s bookstore and the Doylestown Bookstore.  I’m working on other independent bookstores as well.  Do you have a favorite? Please send me the contact info so I can follow up! 

Thanks to all for your support over the years.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

And when you do read it – give us a call!  We love to hear what readers think! 

This photo is the one I used in the back of the book.DSC_2143

  It was taken in the creek in our back yard!Betty Watson Nugent

And here are some of my family and friends who are “Showing Their Heart Code.”

Do send your picture with the book to add to the collection. Thanks!

My Dad, Richard Francis Hahn

My Dad, Richard Francis Hahn

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Lindsay Leggin

Lindsay Leggin

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Julie Bowman Williams

Julie Bowman Williams

Judy Miller

My Brother John Nugent Hahn

My Brother John Nugent Hahn

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Janet Christie

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Elaine DeGuise Lynn

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LOCAL AUTHOR RELEASES FIRST NOVEL:

 

THE HEART CODE by Laura Matson Hahn

 

A Delicious, Literary, Winter Read

 

NEW HOPE, PA, November 9, 2013 – After numerous drafts, editors, book clubs and friends input over 14 years, the release of THE HEART CODE novel by Laura Matson Hahn has finally arrived.  A very local production, the book was first edited by Bernadette McBride, a recent Bucks County Poet Laureate; and lastly by Gerald Monigan, formerly of the Wall Street Journal and now a Bucks County Herald featured reporter.  In between, Ms. Hahn, who worked two decades as a Communications Strategist for organizations, spent the last decade as a freelance journalist, nonfiction author and creative writing teacher while composing this novel, the first of a series.

 

THE HEART CODE is a universal story of a young woman’s quest to hear and heed her heart’s voice. Set in 1930’s Connecticut, Czechoslovakia’s Bohemia and New York City, this heartwarming, inspirational adventure follows three friends, two families and one unforgettable grandmother over two continents and four years as it reveals the map for discovering one’s own heart wisdom … and the secrets of the Bohemian Way carried in six copper bracelets. An old fashioned tale with strong characters, robust action, and contemporary themes, it presents a tonic to quench the thirst of anyone seeking to find their own true path. Part Coming of Age story for every age, it also encompasses Romance, Adventure and Family dynamics as it focuses on personal growth and resurgence through visionary wisdom based on modern day heart-science and the lore of the historic, original Bohemians, the Boii Celts, circa 3000 BCE; all wrapped around a wise and loving grandmother anyone would love to call their own.

 

The inspiration for the book came in 1999, when Ms. Hahn was traveling in France. A sleepless early morning brought an idea of a childless, traveling Aunt who wrote letters to nephews and nieces, to help them stay true to themselves.  When asked how this Aunt knew what she shares, Ms. Hahn began an exploration of the Aunt’s family – her parents and grandparents, which brought her to the grandmother character of Gamma and her homeland of Bohemia. 

 

While Ms. Hahn is an intuitive writer, letting the characters lead the story, she does extensive research for all the ideas which crop up in her imagination.  Early in the writing process, she searched Amazon for books conveying her subject of heart-centered living and found the non-fiction book: The Heart’s Code by Paul Pearsall, which documented the modern day scientific investigation of the heart’s intelligence capabilities, separate from the brain. That book documented the fact of 10% of heart transplant patients having completely new interests, passions and tastes that were identical to their donors, despite having never met them.  “That science is finally catching up to the universal notion of Following One’s Heart was very invigorating,” says Hahn.

 

Another area of investigation stemmed from the homeland of the Gamma character.  “When the word Bohemia came into my mind, I immediately researched where that was and why it was called Bohemia,” Hahn said.  “Turns out, the original settlers of the territory that became the Kingdom of Bohemia and an independent country from 600 AD to 1919, (and is now the Czech Republic), were actually a Celtic tribe called “Boii.”  Bohemia literally translates to: Home of the Boii.  The novel covers the history of the Boii Celts extensively and has woven the modern day heart research into the lore of the grandmother’s Bohemian philosophy, in which each heart carries its own code; a point postulated by the contemporary heart scientists.    

 

The first draft of the book covered a wide swath of time, incorporating the original Aunt as a little girl along with the grandmother “Gamma.”  “But it was not ready for prime time,” Hahn quipped. “My very supportive husband delivered the straight truth when he called it a nice term paper.”  While that could have crushed a lesser committed writer, Ms. Hahn buckled down, focusing on Gamma as a driving force in the first book.  As it turned out, the Aunt doesn’t even show up in this first book of the series.  “What is nice about the Term Paper is that I already have the second and third books outlined, once again documenting the heart-centered philosophy of  paying attention to what shows up because to everything there is a season and reason.”

 

The beautiful cover for the book was created by Artist Julie Costanzo of Portland Oregon.  She worked virtually with Ms. Hahn for over a year to create the oil painting that now wraps the book with a delicious mystique.  “Julie and I met via facebook, never in person, yet,” noted Hahn. “We share the love of a book cover that beckons you to gaze at it, after reading a chapter.  She began with a photograph of a large heart –shaped rock from my local ravine and we developed the imagery together.  But the final beauty of the cover is all Julie’s.  I couldn’t be more pleased or proud of it.” 

 

Ms. Hahn and her husband, John Matson, are long term residents of New Hope, PA and published the book under the moniker Conversation Farm. It is available via Amazon and www.createspace.com/3666028, and select independent bookstores, including Farley’s in New Hope and the Doylestown Bookstore. Additionally, Laura Matson Hahn loves to meet with book clubs, in person or via skype.  “We actually sat with four book clubs in the early stages of the book’s development and gained so much from the reader’s input.”  Now, with book two in the development hot seat, she looks forward to hearing what readers of THE HEART CODE will have to share.  For more information Laura can be contacted at theheartcodebook@gmail.com.

 

The Heart Code, Published by Conversation Farm 2013, ISBN 978-0-9890495-0-4

 

Search Words: Fiction:Coming of Age, Fiction:Visionary-Wisdom, Family Life, Historical Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Young Adult, Grandmother Lit, Soul-Searching Spirituality, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia’s Bohemians, Ancient Celts, Boii Celts, Dr. Paul Pearsall, The Heart’s Code.

 

 

 

BOOK BLURB:

 

THE HEART CODE NOVEL: Ancient Truth, Modern Wisdom

 

An Inward Journey to the Heart’s Wisdom.

 

When sixteen-year-old Bertra Vogen fled Bohemia in 1870 for an arranged marriage to a New York City hardware merchant, she believed she had left behind her most egregious mistake. But sixty years later, now a widow living in Connecticut with her son and daughter-in-law, she feels compelled to return to her beloved homeland with her 16-year-old granddaughter, Celeste, in the hope that her only heir will embrace the wonder of their Bohemian heritage and discover the wisdom of her own Heart Code. But Celeste’s mother Myrtle, an Irish immigrant, has other plans for that very same summer. With an eye on the richest family in town, she had already wrangled a series of party invitations to introduce Celeste to society, in the hope of securing the best husband for her daughter and a high place in society for herself. But the next four years do not unfold according to anyone’s plans as Celeste struggles to find her own way, torn between her mother’s social climbing desires and her grandmother’s counsel to follow the yes in her heart. If only she could be sure what that meant. “How will I know what’s true for me?” Celeste asks Gamma. “How do I find my contentment?”

 

The Heart Code is a universal story of a young woman’s quest to hear and heed her heart’s voice. Set in 1930’s Connecticut, Czechoslovakia’s Bohemia and New York City, this heartwarming, inspirational adventure follows three friends, two families and one unforgettable grandmother over two continents and four years as it reveals the map for discovering one’s own heart wisdom … and the secrets of the Bohemian Way carried in six copper bracelets. An old fashioned tale with strong characters, robust action, and contemporary themes, it presents a tonic to quench the thirst of anyone seeking to find their own unique, true path. Part Coming of Age story for every age, it also encompasses Romance, Adventure and Family dynamics as it focuses on personal growth and resurgence through visionary wisdom based on modern day heart-science and the lore of the historic, original Bohemians, the Boii Celts, circa 3000 BCE; all wrapped around a wise and loving grandmother anyone would love to call their own.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: In her earliest years, Laura Matson Hahn was drawn to writing and knew someday she would write a novel. But to have something worth writing about, she spent several decades experiencing life while cobbling together a career working with words in different industries, and became published in multiple non-fiction formats. This is her first novel. She lives alongside a creek in New Hope PA, with her beloved husband John and their dog, Miss Daisy, who loves to be driven in their vintage red truck.

 

 

 

 

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