today’s post on facebook.com/shellymeditation: with a heart that never hardens - a kind heart- there is ample room for warmth, forgiveness, patience, and compassion. having a heart that never hardens also reflects our ability to love and be loved.
yes, indeed, being loved is actually an ability. let me be clear. by ability to be loved, i don’t mean lovability or worthiness of love. i mean being able to allow others to love you. we make decisions about vulnerability, trust, and love when we’ve been hurt. we protect against vulnerability or we try again, decide that people are or are not to be trusted, and either open ourselves up to or block ourselves off from love - from giving it or getting it. without the ability to love we cannot bestow kindness on others. the key to having a heart that never hardens is to remember that your heart is strengthened, not scarred, by heartache. when words sting or when your heart is broken, know that this pain reveals an open heart. it is from this place that we can comfort and heal - ourselves and others. it is from this place we can cultivate kindness: for ourselves and for others.
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