Open hearts

close up photo of dandelion seeds covered with small drops of water

“If our hearts are ready for anything, we are touched by the beauty and poetry and mystery that fill our world.” ~Tara Brach

We fear keeping our hearts open in this world because we don’t want to be hurt, but an open heart also allows us to be touched by all of the beauty and wonder and joy this world has to offer. How open is your heart?

Grief can be the garden of compassion

Stepped tea garden with hut and person in background

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” ~Rumi

Keeping my heart open in the face of grief is a challenge, but when I’ve been able to do it, the resulting growth has always been worth it. It truly can turn pain into an ally (albeit an unpleasant and unwelcome one) rather than an enemy.

How do you keep your heart open even in the face of grief?