My heart is fluid,
Like the blood in my body.
It's a pie chart,
Of dried leaves,
Butterflies and apple tarts.
My heart expands, so much
It takes some space in yours.
My heart is a song, but sometimes,
I can't sing along.
My heart is a glass bottle,
A mirror and, a pickle jar.
But it also
My heart is heavy.
My heart desires, but
it doesn't know what.
It is afraid of when it'll stop.
My heart is sleepless,
Like the moonshine.
It is growing.
My heart is hopeless,
It is searching for its
Piece in yours.
“Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.”
― Alain de Botton, On Love
Your heart is the map of your world, what makes up this world? What fills it up, what leaves it empty? How many hearts make up the whole world? What are we filling this world of worlds with?
The aim of the experiment is to bring about an understanding of the other through the understanding of oneself with the help of a facilitated experience of shared emotions; thereby creating trust among participants/ group of strangers.
In order to carry out this experiment, two participants will be paired up and provided with a drawing of a heart, some colours, various objects (that they would be asked to bring & collect) and a series of prompts that will help them fill in the picture of their heart.
Once they finish completing their heart, they would be asked to discuss their experience as a group as well as share some of their answers with others. Based on their shared experience, answers and choice, they would be asked to give their heart to someone in the room.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EXPERIMENT
Step 1 – Introduction – Name/Place/Animal/Thing (5 minutes)
Step 2 – Collect things from outside – Anything that speaks to you - rocks/leaves/sand – objects of different textures – Fill in the given bowl (10 minutes)
Step 3 – Distribute the instruction cards to everyone in the room along with a sheet of paper on which they can draw a heart; Please fill in each column of the heart as an answer to the given questions. The questions can be interpreted as you like. There are no wrong answers.