"I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. " ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Friday, August 9, 2013

open for me, love

Life has this way of cracking you open. Finding chinks in your armor and splitting it wide, cutting you in the process. At first you think the wound is too bad, too big... and that old armor feels so constrictive, you can't even breathe. Then it all falls off. Sometimes it happens in one fell swoop... other times, the armor falls off over the course of years, and you don't even realize it until the last pieces begin to drop. The end result is finally you see that you never really needed all that armor in the first place.

I believe that everything happens for a reason, and that every person who comes into our lives serves a purpose. The circumstances all vary, but I think the bottom line is that everything... EVERYTHING... is here to guide us to Love. To open our hearts and our minds. To get us to expand bigger than we ever thought we could. To recognize that our capacity to love is greater than we ever could have dreamed. To understand that ways of loving are as wide and varied as all the different beings on our planet. And we need all those types of loving to truly experience and feel all that life has to offer. The beauty, the pain, the laughter, the tears, it's all part of the whole.

Lessons have come hard and fast this year. Each one cracking me open just a bit more. Each one teaching me, just a bit more, to open... to love.

you have to keep breaking your heart until it opens. ~rumi 

photo by Adara Bryn

1 comment:

  1. Lovely thoughts, Adara. Sounds like your heart is cracking open just right, letting the light and air in. Thank you for sharing this time in your life.