Your heart is greater than your wounds

Your heart is greater than your wounds

“You have been wounded in many ways. The more you open yourself to being healed, the more you will discover how deep your wounds are. . . . The great challenge is living your wounds through instead of thinking them through. It is better to cry than to worry, better to feel your wounds deeply than to understand them, better to let them enter into your silence than to talk about them. The choice you face constantly is whether you are taking your hurts to your head or to your heart. In your head you can analyze them, find their causes and consequences, and coin words to speak and write about them. But no final healing is likely to come from that source. You need to let your wounds go down to your heart. Then you can live through them and discover that they will not destroy you. Your heart is greater than your wounds.” – Henri Nouwen

 

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Awe stretches the heart

Awe stretches the heart

“When suffering constricts the heart, awe stretches it back out, making us more compassionate, more loving, more present.” ~Valarie Kaur

I love this image of awe restoring a constricted heart! How often do you allow yourself to truly experience awe as an adult? Perhaps we would all be well served by seeking it out and immersing ourselves in awe more often.

 

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Listen to your heart

Listen to your heart

“Listen to your heart and trust the direction you are being pulled. Something inside you already knows what to do.” ~Spring Washam

I’m a big fan of pro and con lists and rationally thinking through important decisions, but at the end of the day, my best decisions are made when I listen deeply to my heart (which is not the same as listening to my emotions) and do what my heart already knows is best.

 

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An instrument of peace

An instrument of peace

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” ~Carlos Santana

How much do you prioritize owning an open heart? Do you act like it’s worth more to you than anything else you own?

How well are you able to be an instrument of peace? How much effort do you put into becoming that?

The world would be a better place if we all prioritized both of these so much higher than we do.

 

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