The sun bathes everything on the planet–not all at once, but at some part of every 24-hour period (barring dark periods during certain seasons). It seems as though the sun disappears every day; however, it is the Earth turning away from the sun…not the sun moving away from the Earth. Just like the Earth turning away from the sun, we tend to do this in our relationships.
Why is it that this happens? Because we tend to enter into relationships with closed hearts. For some reason, whether it’s past jading or low self-esteem, we completely block ourselves to new possibilities. Ani Pema Chödrön said “The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with.” So what is it within this statement that rings so true? Really…it’s everything.
We must enter any relationship with anyone, including that with God, with an open heart, in order to experience the fullness of our spirit within that relationship. Entering with a closed heart only blocks the possibilities of what may come out of that relationship. I submit that it is equally as important to enter into a relationship with ourselves in this same manner. This, I would imagine, will be harder than any relationship with any outside person.
Me? I am deciding to enter into my life with an open heart.