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  1. Malag

    If I open mine first others often follow suit. I am more open than in the past but sometimes a little courage to take risk is helpful.

    9 months ago
    1. O.Christina

      done! followed your suggestion. Thank you! It´s astonishing what happens then.

      9 months ago
      1. Malag

        Glad that’s resonated, Ose.

        9 months ago
  2. O.Christina

    meeting and listening with gratitude; allowing vulnerability; with kindness and compassion for the other, which includes being compassionate with myself also; with joy and laughter.

    9 months ago
  3. A

    By creating trust with each other and being open minded. When you accept people for who they are, they will feel a sense of comfort around you and they will in turn trust you. When there is a sense of trust established, individuals can open their hearts and share whatever is on their minds.

    9 months ago
  4. Love Abundantly

    When thinking about opening my heart I can say if there was resistance it’s likely due to an experience that was uncomfortable. Being mindful about the state I want my entire well being to be in can encourage me to open my heart. When I open my heart it can encourage others to follow my lead who are amongst me. Opening my heart is required to receive all the beautiful things and I want to be open for such things as love and tenderness.

    9 months ago
  5. ADP

    Being understanding of others and genuinely listening helps open our hearts. It helps us connect with each other. Passing judgement and or ignoring others only closes your heart and leaves you and others cold and alone.

    9 months ago
  6. Melissa

    I am finding that I talk too much. Out of being too embarrassed and trying way too hard to make the person feel at ease. Which is having the opposite effect. When I stop and listen it opens other hearts and my own so much more. That is called “presence”. I am learning still.

    9 months ago
  7. P

    I am naturally an open person so it surprises me when others are not so. I do find that when I hear opposing views and I’m able to empathise and voice that to people, that allows them to also listen and become more open to other ways of seeing things. When I listen and talk less it takes down people’s ( and my) defences. Sometimes my hard stance on an issue is softened as I gain more insight and the people I am talking to also respond in that way. Either way, when I’m more focused on understanding than being right I learn and those I’m talking to might as well along with me.

    9 months ago
  8. d

    When I come to the edge of all the light I know and am about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen….

    Either there will be something solid to stand on, or I will be taught how to fly

    The beautiful sunrise this morning filled me with anticipation and eagerness for this new day.

    9 months ago
  9. Mica

    I think I need to be better at practicing something from Pema Chodron that I found in an old journal of mine: Stay with the feeling and let the story line go.
    Those might not be Pema’s exact words; they’re just the words attributed to her in my journal.

    9 months ago
  10. Linda

    I am feeling more alone these days even though I have many friends and family who love me. I think it is the beginning of the reckoning with end of life issues like aging, illness and losing those I love. It is a recognition that all of us will face as we age.

    9 months ago
  11. Charlie T

    By building trust with others. By being careful with other peoples hearts. By getting to the real stuff, bit by bit, until there is a real sharing of thoughts and experiences.

    9 months ago
  12. Marnie Jackson

    By telling my story and admitting I don’t know many of the answers

    9 months ago
  13. Holly in Ohio

    This is a challenging question for me today, as it comes on a day when my husband and I are deeply worried about someone dear to us, and afraid that great hurt is coming.
    How do we open our hearts when we expect pain? Or… how do we not expect pain, though in this case I think anyone would agree that it is a bad situation?
    If I can open my heart on a day like today, then I can do it on any better day, too. Perhaps the issue is, how can I bear pain so I can not close down my heart or withdraw? When you love someone it can be very difficult to watch them suffer, to watch them make decisions that are self-destructive. It can be unbearable to feel helpless to help them.

    “Do what you can and let go the outcome,” seems impotent right now, though I know there is truth in it.

    I know I need to calm myself and center myself to be of better use. Perhaps giving myself more of what I personally need emotionally will support better interactions. There is a paradox here of opening up and letting go at the same time.

    9 months ago
    1. Laura

      Holly, I feel your pain and angst. While I have no words to soothe what you are feeling, it sounds as though you are already taking steps to help yourself, hard as that may be right now: “Do what you can” and “I need to calm myself and center myself.”
      Prayers for you and your dear one. 🙏🏻

      9 months ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Thank you deeply, Laura. Perhaps your prayers were heard. Though the situation has not altered, it did not become worse today, and I feel so grateful for it.

        9 months ago
  14. Laura

    Opening up can be terrifying, especially if we’ve been hurt in the past. I’m a firm believer in the adage that small changes add up. For myself I aim for small steps over time rather than leaps. To encourage someone else I try to listen quietly with my whole self.

    9 months ago
  15. sunnypatti48317

    For me, I like to pause and focus on the heartspace. I will often put my hand over that space to really connect to the energy of my heart chakra. When I do this, I can feel the love that emanates from my heart, and it cannot help but open up to give and receive. I encourage others to do just this. I did a chakra clearing meditation this morning, and while I can feel the energy of each chakra, this question has me feeling the heart big time! Open and ready to go thru this day 💗

    9 months ago
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