Though we can go into this wonderful mystery of the heart in many different ways, today I will show you how it is possible to open yourself up to
love without fearing that vulnerability in this place is a weakness.
To begin with, it is known that loving in any capacity towards self or other can bring joy,
warmth and even a sense of expansion of the self. On the other hand many have experienced pain, feeling rejected or frightened by attempting acknowledging love of
yourselves or sharing and directing it towards others.
Is it any wonder that there are songs about all ("all" instead of "both", I say, as it is way
beyond two) sides of love? This is because all of these experiences are legitimate and very human, for men, women, teens and little ones when in relationships or simply
reaching out for connection. As a result, some may be more cautious and others may get right back up and jump in again, or shut down altogether if they feel like it has been too hurtful of an experience.
Then there are those of you who grow and move forward and keep opening to chosen people or areas, or enjoy the stillness of going inside the self and allowing a look at
what you peacefully accept about you or even can celebrate, whether success has happened in connections with others or not. All
of these have one commonality. Being able to be vulnerable enough to know what you are feeling in the first place! We might be negating this type of emotional awareness when it actually furthers us all!
How many times does someone hold back loving feelings because they are afraid of being rejected, non-reciprocated, or even judged?
Notice gently, how often some of you withhold love in different ways and forms out of anger or the inaccurate thought that this will
teach someone something or manipulate them. Eventually comes the learning at some point if not right away, that this doesn't work.
Of course, it is valuable to keep from blindly throwing your loving behaviors or words out there in situations when you are being
taken advantage of or abused and it is time for perhaps choosing to stay away from that situation. Yet, the real trick here is to turn
the love within instead of tuning in against yourself. Here it helps to be vulnerable enough to allow yourself to process all that has
happened and that in all your hurt, resentment and sadness it is far more effective to find help or use your skills you may already
have to stay with yourself as you move through it. It really can get better and ease up if you trust what is authentic inside.
It has been found that we use much less of our brain than we have the capacity to. I would like to apply this notion to heart
expression and awareness. Another sweet fact about vulnerability is it enables us to actively step further into the heart than ever in
more and more new ways, radiating out to so many places and living things! This adds to the quality of life and reduces all the effects of tougher aspects of living in the world.