“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.” ~Pema Chödrön (from The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times)
Which will you choose? I hope you’ll choose to let life soften you. Not only does the world needs more kindness and openness, but you’ll also find greater happiness that way.
Adapted from an image originally created by Ylanite Koppens from Pixabay
“I want to unfold. Let no place in me hold itself closed, for where I am closed, I am false…” ~Rainer Maria Rilke
It’s so easy to close myself off thinking that it will protect me, but those places where I am closed off, I am being false to who I am meant to be. I want to learn to unfold and open myself to life, even when it feels scary, because living in truth ultimately seems safer than being closed off. What do you think?
“All the windows of my heart I open to the day.” ~John Greenleaf Whittier
What would it mean for you to open all the windows of your heart to the day today?
“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?
“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” ~Rumi
Life breaks our hearts for us so often. Do you use those occasions as opportunities to open your heart? Or do you close it down? The choice is yours.