that spacious mind and love that can hold the suffering and accommodate it
and integrate it and understand it.”
“The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe…”
What happens if I stay open-hearted and vulnerable, no matter what happens around me?
Can I be spacious and hard-hearted?
No, when my heart is open and spacious, my mean malicious thoughts just blow away.
Can I have a spacious heart and be sad?
Not for long – if I hold my heart open and allow my grief and sadness to flow, they wash away.
Isn’t that what Jesus and Gandhi and Buddha taught – to stay open-hearted and spacious?
I am reminded of a story I read once about the Dalai Lama; a woman came to see the Dalai Lama and told him a story of how she and other Buddhist nuns had been put down, abused and mistreated by the male monks in their spiritual communities. Upon hearing her story, the Dalai Lama bowed his head and wept. He wept openly in the middle of his great hall, surrounded by his advisors. He wept openly in front of the many important people who were waiting to speak to him. And everyone in the great hall that day, was changed. The Dalai Lama embodied vulnerability and spacious heart for everyone to see and feel.
I choose a spacious heart today
I choose spacious even when it feels vulnerable.
I choose spacious even when it gets scary.
I choose spacious.
Defintion: Spa·cious – /ˈspāSHəs/
Adjective: Having ample space. capacious – roomy – wide – large – ample – extensive
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”
sun on frost.
simple joys abound
“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”
What magnificent expression of the cosmos am I?
How do I choose to express the Universe within me today?
And how do you choose to express your Universe?
“Our imagination flies; we are its shadow on the earth.”
Am I actually sharing just a shadow of my true self with the world? And isn’t the part of me that I dare to share limited, pale and colorless compared to what I am capable of?! Why do I fear my true potency?
Marianne Williamson wrote about this so eloquently; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We fear being too big and bright in the world. We fear our BIG-ness, our potency.
What if I finally take the restraints off and show up in my entirety?
What if the ONLY thing that will save this beautiful planet is choosing to be my Big, Gi-normous self, no matter what? no matter what others think, no matter what others say, no matter what others do, no matter how many “rules” I break in the process?
What will it take for all of us to STOP hiding out and playing small?
What will it take for us to acknowledge and own ALL of our juicy BIG-ness?!
And… what can happen to our world when we embrace our BIG-ness?
What else is possible?
“Your divine impulse is yearning to emerge through the human you… In that shift, the more you embrace the Self, the Light, the more you surrender to your own light, the easier it is for you.”
Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness That most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
“Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize:
a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child
— our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh