A Small Reminder on Opening the Heart

“You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation… and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else.”

– Herman Hesse

Sometimes in life your heart just breaks open and is left raw like a piece of steak. This happens, and it’s okay.

It will keep happening until all your heartache turns into a river of trust. The river runs through you, into the ocean.. and becomes surrender. And the ocean loves you unconditionally, without fear. If you have spent enough time by the ocean, you know this is true.

LOVE IS THE ABSENCE OF FEAR

Nobody is there to stay in your life. Some stay longer than others, but not one can promise you permanence. People come and go, life happens, and it doesn’t make love any worse.

You will meet some people who are unable to respond to your love. But others will come who can receive and share your love.

Love will always return. Especially if you learn how to give love without fear of losing it.

Maybe it will arrive in ever so subtle ways.. like rays of sunlight through a cracked door. Or a helpful gesture from a kind stranger. Rest assured, love is always there and you were never apart from it.

Take risks. Let people in. Love someone even if they’re not around. Love without any hope for return. Love because you can. When you allow yourself to love in this way, you grow expansive and fearless.

Above all – be grateful that you have a heart. And that heart was made to open. There is no other way to use it.

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