Heart & Brain

This type of brain. This type of brain parallels fear and walls. It is the brain of complacency, the one that makes sure innate colors never show. It is ruled by fear of judgement, and even as the heart and the mind are about to explode with emotions, what comes out of the mouth is moot. There is no true release.

But then there is also a different type of brain, one of the rarer kinds. The raw, this-is-who-I-am brain; the brain that understands the importance of the heart’s voice, the one with certainty with who the person truly is- even if there are flaws. The brain that is self-aware.

What we forget sometimes is that we are human beings. Made of flesh and bone; we feel. Being human is beautiful, do not hide all that resides in you. Transparency is key to showing your true self to the world. Get to the point where you are proud of who you are presenting to the Universe.

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Courage

Courage I.

When your heart is hardened, that is a sign of weakness,

not strength.

It takes courage and a hell of a lot of strength to love just as intensely, if not more, after experiencing pain. So, be brave. Be brave and know it is okay to take time to heal. Just make sure the wall you built as your defense mechanism does not feel like home, but more like a temporary guest while you

get

back

on

your

feet.

Courage II.

You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. If you do decide to give meaning to situations or day-to-day things, you get to decide what meaning to give these said things.

“A wall.”

What comes to mind when you think of a wall? Give that some thought.

Naturally, a wall is usually seen a tool of protection through blockage or avoidance. But what if you change its meaning to something more proactive, with a bigger purpose?

Allow this temporary wall that you have built after pain to be a way to channel that energy into self love, into understanding how you work, into self-awareness and into growth.

Re-define “pain” and “hardship” and do not let all that suffering be in vain, but learn from it and use it as a tool to grow, instead.

Courage III.

Do not avoid. Face every single feeling, no matter how much you have tried to forget. Write it down, sing it, paint it, whatever. Do something with it so it exits that small corner in your heart

and your mind

and your ego.

Be proud of how far you have come. It is only then that you can truly get to know yourself; when you give yourself the chance to forgive yourself for all the pain you allowed within you and maybe even inflicted onto others.

Courage IV.

Compassion takes courage.

Struggle

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I liked this quote especially because it reminds me of a Kabbalah teaching I always try to remember:

Light desguises itself in obstacles. When you overcome these obstacles, you grow and therefore receive light. When you avoid these obstacles, they will present themselves again and again, only in bigger and bigger problems until you decide it is finally time to address them. So take these struggles, these obstacles, these problems as blessings and use them as tools to become a person you are proud of.