“What happens when people open their hearts?"..."They get better.”Surrender
― Haruki Murakami
I made an unscripted video for my new course a few weeks ago and was struck by how many times I mentioned opening up. I wasn't planning on speaking about that so it stuck with me.
Then I took a wild ride through more than a few stressful days. Finally, I said to myself, Hey! Surrender to this. You're finding your way through many classic intensive stressors all at once. Acknowledge and honor this fact! Open yourself up. Don't shut down.
I'll also mention that I'd just stopped at Starbucks for a tall dark roast. Definitely a contributing factor.
So I was stressed. We all get stressed. But the point I want to make is that we have these coping mechanisms in place that serve to shove down the raw emotion of intensive experience. Whether it's good or bad, happy or sad, we tend to close ourselves off rather than open ourselves up to experience.
The ways that we shut down and close ourselves off to fully experiencing whatever is arising in our experience can be dramatic or very, very subtle. And the way things are these days, increasingly intense, it seems that these coping mechanisms might not be a bad idea. After all, we don't want hosts of Screaming Mimis unleashed at every turn.
But the thing is that opening ourselves, opening our hearts gives us the potential of space to respond rather than react.
I was thinking of opening up as letting go. And it's not just a one time thing. We have to open up and let go, open up and let go, over and over again.
We open our hand to let go and, in doing so we prepare ourselves to receive.
Cracking open our protective veneer can be painful, but in a beautiful sort of way that can allow the flow of tears, and may involve wounding.
But there is healing in opening up, the raw vulnerability that welcomes truth, the asking for and receiving of help, trust, surprise, miracles.
Like most things, opening up is a practice.
Try it. You might like it.
"The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers."Still Room
― Deepak Chopra
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