“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” ~ lstyd
I am learning to open my heart without fear in a wicked world. I see that many people in the world are afraid to open their heart, to express their true feelings. Heartfelt expressions are often blocked by the mortal mind. It is one thing to think we have an open mind when we can feel so grand and grandiose because we are open-minded. To have an open mind can mean being open to the ideas, opinions and thoughts of others without the constant discrimination of critical thinking. However, in my not so humble opinion, it is not enough to think we are open-minded. We need to cultivate a truly open heart.
What does it mean to have an open heart? We can figure out with our mind what is an open mind, but what is an open heart? Maybe we cannot figure out what an open heart is with the mind alone. We need to use our heart.
I associate the heart with my emotions, my feelings and my passing moods. Yes, it is a vital organ of the body that pumps our blood, yet here we express the heart as a subtle tool for enlightenment.
The heart helps us to have feelings for ourselves and others. We speak of the heart as we do not want to be stuck in the cold, analytical mind without having a good heart. Our mind can often deceive us, appearances can be illusions and the mind itself is very limited when it comes to being in tune with our spirit. It is the heart that beats the pulse of our very soul.
When we are in tune with our heart we accept feelings that we feel without blockages. Feelings themselves do not lie, as the mind can lie to us. If we have a positive feeling of love or a negative feeling of hate, it is our heart that cues us to our feeling. Many of us are not in touch with our feelings. We stay stuck in the arrogance of the mind and fail to have a humble heart.
A humble heart can leave us open to new feelings that we do not deny. We accept all our feelings as they come, good or bad. We check out our feelings and wonder why we even feel those feelings. Where do feelings come from? Where do feelings go?
With an open heart we can feel our own feelings and feel the vibrations of the feelings of others in our lives. We can learn to let go of the constant chitter-chatter of the mind and learn to pay attention to our feelings as they come and go. Feelings mean we are alive with a beating heart.
An open heart leaves us vulnerable to the feelings that come with our life experiences. We are not afraid of our feelings nor are we fearful of the feelings of others. As we become more in tune with the feelings of an open heart we come to understand that we all share a galaxy of feelings at one point or another in our lives. We can gradually identify with the feelings of others and cultivate our compassion as sentient beings.
We need to learn how to express our feelings with an open heart, no matter what our sexual orientation. The tough macho man should not be afraid to have an open heart, to show his tender feelings, to openly cry and shed tears of joy or sadness. Neither should the esteemed liberated woman be afraid of her power to have an open heart. None of us should be afraid to return to the flame of love with an open heart.
This wicked world now governed by an Evil Empire and its evildoers will need to be transformed by those with humane open hearts. An open heart can give us the power of empathy so we can actually feel the feelings of those who are suffering in the world.
An open heart will naturally have tender care, true concern and loving compassion for all living beings who endure suffering, especially the innocents tormented by evil.
“Let your heart and mind be open and your soul be present for your mind may not know what your heart and soul are missing.” ~Tracey von Ott
Namaste! Peter S. Lopez AKA @Peta_de_Aztlan
VIDEO Cultivating The Heart of Compassion ~ Ram Dass (Metta Karuna Brahmavihara) ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94WZM1l0M-c&NR=1 ~Uploaded Feb 9, 2012
Heart Chakra – Opening Your Heart Chakra
~ http://healing.about.com/od/cstewart/a/chakra4_cs.htm ~
BOOK Opening the Heart of Compassion: Martin Lowenthal, Lar Short: http://www.amazon.com/Opening-Heart-Compassion-Martin-Lowenthal/dp/0804819858 ~