“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” – Helen Keller
Hide your heart. Vulnerability is weak. Emotions are targets. Society says to be rigid. But what if we decided to be flexible? What if we stepped out of the confines of our conditioning and shed our thick skin? What would happen to us?
We would soften, we would open, and we would feel.
We would feel with our hearts. We would understand an unspoken language. We would be accepting, compassionate and loving. It’s hard to imagine when for so long we’ve lived in a land far from home.
Be flexible with yourself and your life. Beauty grows organically. Plant the seeds, water the earth and trust the process. You don’t have to do much. Just get out of your way. Try to be flexible with others too. They’re living a life, just like you. Certain conditions and experiences have made them who they are. Understand that we’ve all been shaped by our experiences.
Soften where you’re usually firm. Open where you’re usually closed. Feel with the heart that for so long you’ve ignored. It’s ok to try. When your heart breaks, remember it’s not to cause you pain. It’s to open you until you’re wide enough to hold every experience with grace. That’s feeling with your heart.
When you’re afraid, remember that you’re not alone. We all go through this. You don’t have to isolate yourself from the world. Find a book that was written with love, call someone who’s close, or rest with your pet. Yes, we all have to live through our own individual experiences, there’s no way around that, but having a support system is essential. Whether its words, people, animals or spiritual and religious practices, it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that it lifts you up just enough to encourage you to support yourself.
We don’t have to be so harsh.
Decide today to let your heart show. Maybe it will encourage your neighbor to do the same. Let’s put our guards down, together.