the Heart

Opening Our Hearts

Most often, opening our hearts begins by opening to a lifetime’s accumulation of acknowledged sorrows, both our personal sorrows and universal sorrows of warfare, hunger, old age, illness and death.

We experience the sorrow physically as contractions and barriers around our heart,, but more often we feel the depth of our wounds, our abandonment, our pain, as unshed tears.

Whatever shame or unworthiness we have within is arisen – 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/lungs.

When we listen to the songs of our rage or fear, loneliness or longing, we find that they do not stay forever.

In truly listening to our most painful songs, we can learn the divine art of forgiveness.

We can learn to open our heart to all of of it. to the pain, to the pleasures we have feared and then we discover a remarkable truth, much of spiritual life is self-acceptance.

Most often this healing is so difficult we need another person, a mentor, a coach, to hold our hand and hold heart-centered space as we go through it.

I like Leonard Cohen’s lyrics from his song Anthem:  There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.