Perhaps one of the most loving and compassionate things we can do for ourselves is to stop exposing ourselves unnecessarily to people, places, and things that do not honour our tender hearts.
If you listen closely your heart knows what doesn’t take care of you. It’s those things that don’t feel good. Those things that leave you feeling contracted instead of expanded. It’s the things that trigger closure or clamping down in you.
It’s the person you can’t quite speak your truth around because it doesn’t feel safe. It’s that place you go that requires the armoring of your heart to push through. It’s that thing you do that’s treason to your innermost tenderness, regardless of how mild or trivial it may seem to the mind.
Your heart is a wise creature. She whispers her secrets to you often through your body that responds with her own wisdom: a tightening of the stomach, a shortness of breath, or sunken shoulders.
If you don’t take care of your heart ultimately no one else will.
Stop exposing yourself unnecessarily to things that don’t feel good and that aren’t loving for you. You know what those things are and they aren’t worth it.
2014 © Marie-Ève Bonneau
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