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Friday, February 17, 2012

Nothin' But a Heartache

Sometimes we have a little bit of trouble in and around our hearts.  Maybe it's a case of feeling unloved or unloving; perhaps it's a more physical challenge. 

Our heart chakra might be feeling a little lacklustre,
craving some attention from our own awareness;
feeling a little closed off or over-protected.
Or possibly some trickiness in the mechanics of this beating miracle has been found out
and we are suddenly filled with apprehension.

What is the choice but to look deeply into this difficulty,  this challenge.
Breathing gently but deeply into this area of our chest,
maybe we can bring a little more light and love here,
a little more ease and acceptance and a little less fear and resistance.

With such attention and positive intention, we begin to feel the heart warming and expanding in love  towards our own self as well as to others...
a little easing of our fears,
some expansion of trust...

until our heart centre glows and beams with love and compassion
 for all sentient beings and the world around us
and somehow or other a miracle occurs
and we discover that all is well.

“We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts.”
Pema Chödrön,

In connecting with our own heart centre, we cannot help but touch that of others.

This post is dedicated to a dear friend who is going through some serious heart stickiness and trickiness.
May it all be resolved in the best possible way in the most timeliest of manner.

(The photo was taken through a workshop window on Granville Island but I could not discover the name of the artisan who had crafted the ceramics on display.  My apologies to the craftsperson.)

Also sharing the Love with Bonnie's Photo Art Friday


  1. I love those hearts. Wonderful. With them we will be stronger.

  2. Enjoyed your words and the transformation of your heart piece.
    Visiting from PAF

  3. Inspiring thoughts. Your heart is very unique. It was fun seeing the transformation.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your insight and your images. Both are beautiful.
    Isn't Pema Chodron fascinating? I have some CD's from one of her talks and I just love listening to her.

  5. What a nice post. And I do hope your friend gets through her problems. She is lucky to have such a concerned friend as you.

  6. Beautiful work.

    Regards and best wishes

  7. What a beautiful post!
    Enjoyed your words and the transformation:)

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Leovi,
    Bless your heart for saying so!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to come over from PAF and leaving an encouraging comment.

    Nice to see you again. I'm very pleased that my hearts have added some inspiration and a bit of happiness to your day.

    Oh, I agree--Pema Chodron is absolutely fascinating! I have several of her books. My husband actually got to interview her and stay at Gampo Abbey many years ago. Her writing has helped me through some challenging times in my life.

    Jenny Woolf,
    What can we do but hold our friends in our hearts and wish them well. Hard to be of much practical help when friends are far away. Your comment has warmed my own heart.

    Tatjana Parkacheva,
    I am so pleased that you like it.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave your regards.

    Gaby Bee,
    Thanks for buzzing over and leaving a sweet comment!

  9. words of wisdom and courage. the heart images are just beautiful. my heart feels lighter having read/seen this post.!

  10. Beautiful editing Lynne. So uplifting to read and relax into your heart-healing suggestions. Thank you for sharing this post with Photo Art Friday!

  11. sukipoet,
    I am so pleased that these words and pictures bring a lightness to your heart. Touching others through this medium of blogging is really a modern-day sort of miracle, I think.

    It's a pleasure to have something to contribute to your ongoing gallery of explorations. I couldn't ask for more than for my words and images to be felt as uplifting.

  12. all the best for your dear friend!! a wonderful post, the pictures are edited awesome!

  13. johanna,
    If it were only as easy to edit the health of our hearts! I'm sure my friend appreciates and somehow feels the support coming through from far and wide.

  14. May all work out for the best...

  15. Indeed. What more could one hope for than regulating the messed up beat of a heart and getting back into the real rhythms of one's life.