Letting the heart break open…
Letting the heart break open awakens us to the mystery of love-that we can’t help loving others,
in spite of the pain they cause us, for no other reason
than they move and touch us in ways that we can never fully comprehend.
Indeed if those we love perfectly matched our ideal dreams, they would not touch us so deeply.
What we love is not just their pure being, but also their heart’s struggle with all the obstacles in the way of its full radiant expression. Although their imperfections cause us pain, they also give our love a greater purchase, a foothold, something to work with.
It’s as though our heart wants to ally itself with the heart in those we love and lend them strength in their struggle to realize the magnificence of their being,
beyond all their perceived shortcomings.
— John Wellwood