All spiritual traditions give voice to the truth that love is stronger than fear, hatred, and indifference. Perhaps then, our greatest practice as we move through the last full month of winter is to choose to experience this universal spiritual truth in our own lives- to make a conscious decision to immerse ourselves in the light and warmth of the heart. We always have the opportunity and choice to express the love that flows between us and within our circles of influence, and extend it to all living peoples, creatures, and plants. To learn how people want to be loved, we need only look at the way they love. The practice of gratitude keeps our hearts open: it is impossible to extend gratitude when our hearts are closed. With an open heart, we can access and bring forth the love that is in our nature waiting to be expressed. In order to know what is in our hearts, it is important to attend to the four-chambered heart: the full, strong, open, and clear heart. Each chamber is an invitation to live in gratitude. ~Angeles Arrien
always enough love.
inquiry for today~ may you love. may you know your heart. may you heal well.
Just as we open and heal the body by sensing its rhythms and touching it with a deep and kind attention, so we can open and heal other dimensions of our being. As we take the one seat and develop a meditative attention, the heart presents itself naturally for healing. The grief we have carried for so long, from pains and dashed expectations and hopes, arises. We grieve for our past traumas and present fears, for all of the feelings we never dared experience consciously. Whatever shame or unworthiness we have within us arises—much of our early childhood and family pain, the mother and father wounds we hold, the isolation, any past abuse, physical or sexual, are all stored in the heart. Jack Engler, a Buddhist teacher and psychologist at Harvard University, has described meditation practice as primarily a practice of grieving and of letting go. At most of the spiritual retreats I have been a part of, nearly half of the students are working with some level of grief: denial, anger, loss, or sorrow. Out of this grief work comes a deep renewal. ~Jack Kornfield