I discuss the necessity of insisting people treating your open heart with respect. We choose how we allow people to treat us by what we allow in our interactions with them.
I speak about the importance of being conscious of when you are open and when you shut down. This allows the choice of walking with your heart open and being connected to life.
In this video, I contrast allowing your feelings and open heart to directly interact with the world with filtering your feelings through your mind. When you allow your open heart to interact directly with the world, your emotional state becomes more unpredictable. Feelings happen quickly. Moods shift and cycle regularly. Your sense of feeling secure ebbs and flows. You are no longer channeling your feelings through your intellect to buffer your emotional state. But if you can allow yourself to navigate this enigmatic emotional terrain, you glean the connection and vitality of walking with your heart open.
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There were some tough lessons at the Summer Solstice Ceremonies this year. Challenging and painful, but critically important. Several days into our gathering, Ann Coughlin and Eve Costello conducted a series of ceremonies that guided me deep into the beauty of my heart. After each successive ceremony, I found myself to be more and more open and sensitive. When I returned to sit around the fire between ceremonies, I noticed even the most subtle forms of sarcasm or cleverness became difficult to be around. I could see how it created separation and feel how painful that
We live in a vigilant culture. We are inclined to believe that if we do not prop things up, everything will fall apart. We come by this honestly. Our vigilance may be necessary on the make-ends-meet level.
However, it turns out we are not wired that way at the emotional and spiritual levels. On the contrary, in these realms it is more beneficial to stop propping things up and
About the Author
I, Michael Hoffman, am a licensed psychotherapist, teacher, and author with 25 years experience in counseling and teaching experiential workshops. I have maintained this blog since 2009, and my second book Natural Way of Being will published in 2019.
I offer in-person and video-conferencing counseling, intensive workshops, and online courses to allow participants to directly experience their natural way of being and the life they would have for themselves.