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It soon becomes clear that we cannot readily save anyone, much less ourselves, from the heart’s response to the pain of this world. If we are to remain open to life and capable of engaging with our world rather than succumbing to depression or cynicism, we must learn how to live with a broken heart. It is only through letting our heart break that we discover something unexpected. The heart cannot actually “break,” it can only break open.

What breaks when we are touched by life’s pain is the contraction around our heart that we have been carrying for so long. When we feel both our love for this world and the pain of this world, together, at the same time, the heart breaks out of this shell. Then the heart’s true character is revealed, as an openness, an acute sensitivity where we feel the world inside us and are not separate from it. This is like removing a bandage and exposing our flesh to the air. There is no way to avoid this rawness, except by living in a state of contraction. To live with a broken, open heart is to experience life full strength.

John Welwood

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It soon becomes clear that we cannot readily save anyone, much less ourselves, from the heart’s response to the pain of this world. If we are to remain open to life and capable of engaging with our world rather than succumbing to depression or cynicism, we must learn how to live with a broken heart. It is only through letting our heart break that we discover something unexpected. The heart cannot actually “break,” it can only break open.

What breaks when we are touched by life’s pain is the contraction around our heart that we have been carrying for so long. When we feel both our love for this world and the pain of this world, together, at the same time, the heart breaks out of this shell. Then the heart’s true character is revealed, as an openness, an acute sensitivity where we feel the world inside us and are not separate from it. This is like removing a bandage and exposing our flesh to the air. There is no way to avoid this rawness, except by living in a state of contraction. To live with a broken, open heart is to experience life full strength.

John Welwood

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It is Grace that brings about final cessation of an identity of separation, or ego, to reveal all of Existence as this Truth of Love that we Are. Ego cannot orchestrate this dissolution, nor can an illusion of separation unite with what has never in any way been apart.

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