We commit ourselves to many things in life, our families, work, education, love, and more. Sharing our universal truth allows for the emergence of our light as well as our darkness to be known to those we embrace. What happens when you let go, when you become vulnerable? Do you find that when you make yourself vulnerable that this place of opening often frightens friends and lovers? And if so, what feelings do you experience, which ones do you hold onto and for how long?
I pose these questions as I have had a lifetime of experiences with others of opening my heart. For some this has been overwhelming and they have stepped back, for others they have wanted to share in the journey. When one risks love and vulnerability there is nothing richer then to share in these moments with other human beings, or our beloved animal friends. What can shut us down, and we must be careful of this, is when another shuts us out after our opening. All to often it seems the course of human suffering arises in these moments and we human beings react in such adverse ways when we feel we have had our heart wounded. We have waged wars, sought revenge, power and control all to sooth our hearts and egos. For that is where the problem seems to occur, we transfer that pain to our ego and it becomes us, the mask we wear. We close off to the world; we are no longer real or vulnerable. We are coming from a place of shame as opposed to joy.
Joy is the place to sit, not in shame. When someone rejects us, and that can be as simple as the person that cuts you off while driving your car, doesn’t allow for you to merge into traffic, races to beat you in line at the grocery store, these don’t have to be complicated rejections, for they can all cause you pain if you allow for that energy. In order to just be in life, with no ego or agenda, attempt to see the world as good, keep your ego in check, and keep opening your heart up time and again. The world is hurting, that much is clear, and if just one of us can hold our hearts open even in the face of rejection we will have given back the god love we came here with, pure and simple.
A joyful spirit is evidence of a grateful heart. ~ Maya Angelou