Monday, April 8, 2013

52 weeks of pagan art journaling: week 10

This week's prompt: Living with an Open Heart

What does it mean to you to live with an open heart, a big heart, a heart open to others? Yes, an open heart even on the days when you want to poke people in the eye? Do you feel like this is an important goal in your path or not really a priority? Often people find as they do more magical workings and attunements that they become too sensitive to others and seek out ways of protecting themselves as they grow.

Should we protect ourselves? Or find a happy medium? Do we let go of said protections when we feel stronger in our path?

If the Goddess feels it all, the happiness and the suffering, does this mean that we're called to do the same? Or to aspire to the same on some level?

I don't have an answer. Obviously I want to shy away from an absolute answer, or an answer that is too black and white in nature because I don't think that things are found in the extremes, but rather in the grey nuances.

But that said, I do think that there is something in any pathworking towards enlightenment/understanding/connection [insert your word of choice here] that asks us to be bigger than we currently are, more open, more vulnerable and yet also, stronger at the same time. Have I worked out all the details of said pathworking? Not by a long shot! I'm still striving and letting go, working to find a balance in it all and to make sense of my place within the grand scheme of things. What I do know thus far though is that when I live life with a bigger heart, the rewards and sense of connection seem infinitely greater than when I close off and protect myself.

I still struggle but I'm ok with that. Suffice to say, I consider it a great work in progress...


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