Jan 22 2015

Tracey Jackson

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READING SUGGESTIONS

HOW TO LOVE – HEART LIKE A RIVER

HOW TO LOVE – HEART LIKE A RIVER

As I  said I am starting the year with a mindful program. I am making myself meditate each day even if only for a few minutes. I add 60 seconds a day. Baby steps. And I am reading  spiritual things that are just for me and do not apply to work.

I could not go to the gym today due to a turned ankle. I picked up Thich Nhat Hanh’s How To Love with the idea to read one chapter and get my spiritual tank fueled for the day.

Cut to an hour and a half later, I had finished the book. It’s pure compassion. It’s pure open heartedness. It’s pure ~ it all starts with us. It gets down to the very basic be the love you seek.

He has written it in a tone that suggests romantic love, though the he/she’s can be replaced by they/them. It is for everyone. It’s a slight in size, but big on content. After my read through this morning I plan to take one chapter or one section each day and focus on that.  I decided I would type the important parts and email them to myself as daily reminders. So when I start drifting off course I have the email there to remind me.

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my favorite spiritual leaders.  If you have not read his work, How To Love  is a great place to start.

This was what I emailed myself and several friends yesterday.

 

Heart Like A River

If you pour a handful of salt into cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable. But if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to cook, wash and drink. The river is immense, and has the capacity to receive, embrace and transform.  When  our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited, and we suffer. we can’t accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings and we demand that they change.  But when our hearts expand, these same things don’t make us suffer anymore.  We have a lot of understanding and compassion and can embrace others.  We accept others as they are, and then they have a chance to transform. 
So the big question is: how we help our hearts grow?
Tracey Jackson

Tracey Jackson is a screenwriter and blogger at traceyjacksononline.com. Her book Gratitude and Trust is now available.