Life expands or shrinks in proportion to one’s courage -Anais Nin

courageous heart mudra- santa barbara, ca. feb 2014

For me, this past month has been all about living from a courageous heart and each and every day I’ve been reminded of one thing: that it ain’t so easy to do – but as they say, nothing comes easy that’s worth doing.

I’ve learned a few things about what a courageous heart means to me that I will remember to carry with me from this month into the next. I’ve learned that it’s more than just asserting your position in this world, it’s about vulnerability and having the courage to meet others in that field that Rumi tells us about—the field beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing.

I’ve learned that it’s more than just asserting your position in this world, it’s about vulnerability and having the courage to meet others in that field that Rumi tells us about—the field beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing.

Today and moving forward I will remember that I have the courage to follow my heart, and to believe in the beauty and love [and heartache] it carries. I will remember that I have the courage to stand tall with dignity, to seek understanding, and to always be kind even when my truth is in conflict with your truth. I have the courage to live not in fear of what’s said behind closed doors, but with the comfort of knowing that I am the best version of myself that I can be at that given moment. Today and moving forward I will remember that I have the courage to be still, to swim with the tide’s ebbs and flows, and to let go. And just as I have the courage to be still, I also have the courage to change and take action, and just as I have the courage to let go, more importantly, I also have the courage to hold on. I have the courage to hold on to my dreams and to my light, to my goals and to hope. Today and moving forward I will remember that I have the courage to believe in the goodness of people, and in my strength, coupled with vulnerability, to seek the barriers I have built against love.

So, I’m curious, what does a courageous heart look like to you?

 

 

Is your courageous heart a warrior in battle or a wise old medicine woman? A mother who spared her life for her child or a child who spared their life for their mother? Is a courageous heart loud or quiet? Heavy or light? Hot or cold? Is your courageous heart mild & meek or strong & fierce? Old or young? Alive or dead? Human or animal? Is your courageous heart an organ in the body or action in the world? Pure or impure? Scarred or unscarred? Gold, or silver, or pearl, or amethyst? Is your courageous heart mortal or immortal?

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