The seventh of an eight-day exploration of what it means to live life as a gift. Inspired by Br. David Steindl-Rast's meditation, A Grateful Day.
Welcome to DAY 7 of our practice. Let’s begin…
Please close your eyes while you take three slow, deep breaths. Then open your eyes and consider the invitation to: “Open Your Heart.”
What does it mean to open your heart? And what does it have to do with gratefulness? When we talk about opening our hearts, we are pointing to a deference to the wisdom of our hearts with the understanding that the heart has an intelligence beyond that of our minds. In cultivating open-heartedness we are expanding our capacity to be with challenging emotions, situations and people, and to do so with tenderness, compassion, love, and gratefulness. We can learn to attune to what emerges within this expanded capacity, and to trust the vulnerability, intuition, and instincts which arise. It is through our hearts that we can connect to oneness. Our hearts know our inseparability from all that is, and it is through listening to our hearts that we connect with our interdependence and find that our actions and words are guided accordingly.
In honoring the wisdom of an open heart today, we invite you to:
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To live with an open heart is to recognize that my life is no more important or less important than any other living being. We are all here for a physical experience. To find the love that we are in this egoic world is to raise the consciousness of us as a civilization. As I gently open my heart through the healing of my wounds, I seek to find nothing but acceptance and appreciation and joy alongside the love that comes from heart centered living.
To open your heart means to open up and release all the pain and anger being held in and to allow understanding and love to begin to heal. It also means that you have to be able to accept and come to terms with all that you encounter, whether it is acceptable to you or not.
When I notice the violence, hungry children, loneliness… I ask myself, How is it possible open my heart? Some days it is so hard! My heart has scars and some are not healed.
I don’t want compare, for example, I’m grateful because I live in a safe place and I have food and others don’t. Or living alienated, ignoring the life around me.
Every single day is a special and unique, in order to learn about open my heart.
I believe it mean live with faith that everything is perfect, respecting the destiny of each person.
I really feel that sometimes I can’t, but it’s necessary. Because when I don’t share love, fraternal love, I get sick. The open heart giving love and compassion is my medicine.
May be it is also necessary to open our hearts to the wounds we have gathered throuhgout our lives and those that are gathered in the hearts of so many people. Just feel the grief and the pain that is in our lives as part of our lives with an open heart: Ah, that´s how it is.
This past Summer I was blessed to be able to go to an all-day program given by Gregg Braden at Lily Dale. The program was titled “Human by Design” and it was wonderful! Gregg taught us the quick heart-brain coherence technique and it is truly transformative! A ?-felt thank-you for this practice!
Blessings of peace to all?
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