My choice this week was a card called “Wild and Free.”
Give yourself the time and space that you need, away from the noise and the demands of the world and other people, so that the quiet voice of your heart can be heard. Then take courage and act on what you feel.
Your heart is wise and worthy of your trust.
Your heart was never meant to be tamed. It is always truthful.
When you allow yourself to be true to your heart, it will show you how to create a beautiful contribution to this world that fills you up with joy and peace.
You are a wild child of the Universe, and your heart is showing you the way to fulfil your divine destiny.”
“Strong back, soft front, wild heart.” What was it that Brené added to Roshi Joan Halifax’s saying about back and front that resonated so deeply with me? I pulled out my worn copy of Braving the Wilderness to find out.
I had to stop and think about this for a while.
I’ve written tens of thousands of words about my personal history; I realize that it wasn’t until I allowed myself to be vulnerable – to ask for help – that I had the courage to go steadily forward. Going forward in my life is never fast, although there were many years when I wanted it to be. I tried to push the river, and we know how that turns out. It was only when I slowed down, acknowledged my community with a grateful heart, and asked for help that I have made meaningful progress in my life. I’ve learned to listen to the quiet voice of the heart to find my courage, while my friends hold my vulnerable hand at the same time.
Brené Brown also says “The key to joy is practicing gratitude.”
We all go into the wilderness of pain now and again. It’s meeting our true friends there that brings us back.