“When you feel yourself breaking down, may you break open instead. May every experience in life be a door that opens your heart, expands your understanding, and leads you to freedom.” ~Elizabeth Lesser
We can’t control the things in life that leave us feeling bruised and broken, but we can control how we respond to them. We can choose to let them break us down into smaller versions of ourselves, or we can choose to let them break us open to more expansive versions.
I hope you’ll choose to break open.
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“Things falling apart is also a kind of healing.” ~Pema Chödrön
Sometimes, like with this hole in the Berlin Wall, things that fall apart are actually openings to free us from the constraints that we’ve build around ourselves. Although it may not feel like healing at first, time may well show how each falling apart was actually a form of healing that isn’t visible until we can see it in the distance of hindsight.
Where can you see glimpses of healing in the things that have fallen apart in your past?
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“Wholeness does not mean perfection – it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.” ~Parker J Palmer
How do you treat the broken places in your life? Have you tried embracing them as a integral part of life? It is possible to embrace them even while working toward healing. That’s the way to wholeness.
“The only whole heart is a broken one because it lets the light in.” ~David J. Wolpe
How has the experience of having your heart broken allowed you to better let the light in?
How might you work toward making sure that future heartbreaks lead toward this kind of gold?
“When you’re broken, you need to be reborn. Do not fight the pain; embrace it. Accept it. Live it.” ~Caitlin Cooper
All of us get our hearts broken at some point or another in this life. That’s inevitable. But we get to choose how we respond.
We can allow the pain to break us down by making us smaller as we run from that part of life’s experience, or we can allow the pain to break us open to be reborn into ever more expansive versions of ourselves by fully embracing the experience and using it to grow.
Which do you choose?