Oh this heart…

Oh this heart of mine
this heart
shared by you too
she can be such a lonely hunter
looking for love as they say
in all the wrong places
as though something
inside
lived out in the rough of a wild world
a world incapable of giving to a self
that will not first open
and ever so vulnerably tenderly
courageously receive
from its own Being
that wholeness that love
it most desires
—lg

Below is Dr. Brené Brown, story teller and “researcher at the University of Houston,” speaking of the human heart with insight and humor and brilliance. More from her later, meanwhile, should you by chance ever have experienced shame or loneliness, God forbid, sit down and watch. Listen. Let her heart speak to yours. And then perhaps watch and listen again.

“Connection is why we are here. It is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”

Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness, posing the questions: How do we engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to embrace our imperfections and to recognize that we are enough — that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy? Brené is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007) and the forthcoming books, The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy ( 2011). Here is a link for her Amazon site.

And here is a link from an earlier post on this blog: Loneliness & Presence: What the Aspen Know

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One Response to Oh this heart…

  1. Larry,
    Your poem is a great set up for Dr. Brown’s talk…..I found her story clear, simple, and right on…..thanks for sharing this!….namaste.

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