Our hearts are certainly complex and capable of opening and embracing the most unexpected dualities and differences. The heart will feel what it feels even when it is not convenient and doesn’t look good on paper. It can inspire us to become better human beings when we dig deep and have the capacity to forgive what is seen as unforgivable. It has the capacity to heal us by opening up even after it has been broken or start over when it seems that all has been lost. It can find a path through adversity where our thinking mind would be rendered useless. Love, compassion and empathy can flow freely through the heart where the mind would be calculating and planning to see what makes the most sense.
The best way is to make use of both the mind and the heart. Most of us are skewed and rely heavily on our rational, logical thinking and don’t balance it with the wisdom and perspective that is available to us from our hearts. Bowing the head to the heart in a symbolic act of surrender to love and openness can feel like a leap of faith. It might even feel scary and foreign in certain situations. What do you have to loose? You can put your boundary back in place if need be but how often do you consciously take the walls down and open up? Try approaching something with kindness instead of judgement or criticism and see how it works. I have witnessed kindness, openness and love completely disarm and transform the most difficult and complex situations.
Without being open and loving to ourselves first it is not possible to offer this to others. We can only be open and loving to others to the extent that we have offered this to ourselves.
Collectively we are being called to go deeper into our hearts and learn how to live from its center. It is our only hope if we are to overcome the division that is currently so common place in the world. Meeting life with the mind connected to the heart begins as an inner journey and extends beyond our personal lives touching all who we come into contact with.
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Thanks Laura. So well put and important to
remember, especially now. Many Blessings, Linn
Beautiful Laura, just beautiful ❤️
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