I am playing with my heart a lot.

I’m practicing keeping my heart open, and open even more, as I’m also practicing learning when it’s time to shut it down a bit, to turn it more inward and to turn me more inward.

I’m noticing what opens me up and what shuts me down.

I’m paying attention to when and where my heart and love are flowing and when and where they’re forced or stilted or closed.

Then I’m heading to wherever (and whatever) keeps my heart safely and beautifully open…for me.

As someone who was groomed and carved to live for the sake of others and to selflessly love and give even when it was harmful, being more selective in how and when I open fully is a learning, growing necessary process.

As someone who was nicknamed, “Love Embodied” and whose life purpose is to give and receive love, opening my heart fully is where and how I long and love to be.

So, I’m going where I can keep my heart open, and I’m opening it wholeheartedly.

Sometimes the love that is most needed is the love for myself – first, most, and always. Sometimes opening my heart means going into me and unrockably caring for myself (as a dearest likes to say).

Sometimes opening my heart means opening to the world. To those closest to me and to the world at large. To the strangers and friends I pass on the street. To the people I will never meet, to whom I can send love and kindness in a daily meta meditation. To the ease of the day and the challenges. To what I like and what I don’t. To what hurts and what brings me joy.

Definitely to what brings me joy.

I’m going to where I can keep my heart open, and I’m opening it even more…and more…and more.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and please share this post with others if it resonates with you!

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