Listening today, for the second time in two days, to Mark Nepo speaking with Tami Simon on Sounds True: Insights At The Edge, in "Holding Nothing Back".
With the flavour of this heartfelt talk resonating through my being, i thought i would explore the nature of "Beginner's Heart".
i think of Gangaji's words "...so usual and so tragic that to avoid a broken heart, people live in a state of broken heartedness..."
Taking a risk to turn and face the possibility of a broken heart arises from that place inside us before the time the heart was first broken. Facing that risk takes courage; courage is always a breath away from fear. It's the courage to love even when past heartbreaks moan of the risk and glumly predict future heartbreak.
Yet the treasure of living fully in and from the heart is infinitely vaster then the ego's paltry fear of a broken heart. For there within the open heart we discover that which is and was always there ~ stillness ~ that vast presence in which all arises and is at the same time all.
In letting the heart break open we find compassion and passion, the very essence of our true nature. Mark Nepo said, "Every crack from the inside is an opening from the outside." It is a call not to squander our precious life living out of integrity, reacting with words and actions that ripple out damaging rather then healing those around us.
The Beatles sang, "All you need is love." There is no simpler truth then that.
Truly turning inward, experiencing the heart through tears and smiles, we "know" it's true.
Perhaps the fox in the Antoine de Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince" points us in the right direction when he says, "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye."
To listen to Mark Nepo's heart opening conversation click: