Heart Space

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“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”

-Pema Chödrön-

Am I brave enough to face the truth about myself?! Am I brave enough to face my fears? I feel so raw…so vulnerable. But then how can I ever hope to be fearless if I don’t face my fears? I hesitate…as each day begins…when was the last time I could stand tall? Healing…I can only breathe…I feel pain, but where did it come from? Just how big is my heart anyways…

“You are the sky. Everything else…it’s just the weather.”

-Pema Chödrön-

When I breathe into my heart it grows as vast as the sky and I feel the most tremendous love. Then my mind begins the endless chatter…the white noise…the poltergeist of my ego. I am walking on a tightrope so scared of the heights…I am sky…space. Endless patience and love itself. Breathing into my heart…an expanding universe.

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”

-Pema Chödrön-

Flying Solo

flying

I may fly solo

Over vast oceans 

Of my life

Perhaps to be

Declared dead

But I will finish

What I started

With my last

Breath.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

*photo found on Pinterest via http://www.pinterest.com/lindapetrova/

*inspired by Amelia Earheart

Real Things

bedroom

“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

-Laura Ingalls Wilder-

*print by Yelena Bryksenkova,

https://www.etsy.com/listing/113168017/bedroom-print?ref=shop_home_active

God’s Not Afraid of Your Honesty

Digging into the past to unearth some strength for today. I may not be on the same path as I was then, but sometimes the same grace comes back into my life so that I don’t have to be ashamed of my essence. That grace comes from the same source of Love as it ever did…no matter what name we may give it.

Performed by: Margaret Becker

Lyrics:

Tonight by the glow of the firelight
You found the courage to speak your mind
And tear down the walls
You’ve been hiding behind

You spoke of your struggle
And you cried from the pain
You spoke of your failure
And then you turned in shame
You said, you knew you’d never be alright

God’s not afraid of your honesty
He can heal your heart if you speak honestly
Humble sorrow and the honest cry
He will not pass by, no

So many of us spend so much time
Smoothing things over, pretending we’re fine
As if life could ever be so cut and dried

But you my, friend
You’ve got that passionate heart
It’ll curse you sometimes
But it can take you far
When you let Him tame it
You will be just fine

Oh, God’s not afraid of your honesty
He can heal your heart if you speak honestly
Humble sorrow and the honest cry
He will not pass by, no, no, ooh

You may feel like you’re crawling
Over broken glass, crying a river
Into the pillows of your past
But you will be free, yeah

Oh, God’s not afraid of your honesty
He can heal your heart if you speak honestly
Humble sorrow and the honest cry
He will not pass by

God’s not afraid of your honesty
He can heal your heart if you speak honestly
Humble sorrow and the honest cry
He will not pass by

Reflections of Me

Today I would like to share some poetry from Twitter as well as some art and photography that have inspired me.

honesty

painting by: Nishant Dange

She always knew that
She would need to feel
Every single raw emotion
To be real
Still choosing to love
Above them all

poem by: https://twitter.com/blueeyed444

deep breathes

photo by: Elena Kalis

Holding in emotions
Is like holding your breath
Eventually you’re going to have to breathe
Deep breaths
Honest breaths
In
And
Out

poem by: https://twitter.com/2ndConscience

who I amwatercolor by: Kareem Iliya

Writing Your Story

typewriter

“The story is about the love, compassion, humor, and patience you bring to your life and its situations. God and the universe aren’t just working on the situation: they’re working on YOU. If you’re wondering why the universe isn’t solely focused on getting you the great job offer it’s because the universe isn’t always concerned with which job you have. The picture is much bigger than that. Neither is the universe concerned whether or not you’re married or in a relationship—it’s more concerned with your experience of love than who is or is not in your life. And rather than focusing solely on your health, the universe is more concerned with your experience of life, whatever the conditions may be. The universe is concerned with who you are, and it will bring into your life, in whatever the situations, in whatever time, what you need to become the person you’re supposed to be. The key lies in trusting—and having patience.”

-Elisabeth Kübler-Ross-

*photo by Samantha Lamb

https://www.flickr.com/photos/samanthalamb/