Keep your heart open

“Everyone knows firsthand that life is messy and painful, beautiful and unpredictable. The endless practice is keeping our heart open to the whole of it.” ~Mark Nepo

Sometimes I think that learning to keep our hearts open to love, to others, and to life as a whole is the main lesson we are here to learn. Over and over again, I find myself prying my closed off heart open because it’s just too easy to shut down in a self-protective stance that is ultimately life-denying.

 

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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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Choose to soften

“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.

 

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I want to unfold

pink flower with petals opening to sun

“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?