When Your Heart Breaks

2016 has been a doozy... from the loss of iconic celebrities... to a slew of natural disasters... mass shootings... a feverish political climate... There's been a lot of challenge and tragedy.

It is all too easy to get caught in a negative spiral, or to dismiss the real pain we are feeling in an effort to keep a "positive attitude."

I recently felt the weight of the world as I took in some disappointing news... A business opportunity that I had opened my heart wide to didn't work out... In the past, I might have stayed in the misery, making it mean something about my worth, or about the way the world is rigged for failure.

This time, I saw it for what it was... a "gift in strange wrapping paper" as my friend Dina calls it... an achingly beautiful opportunity to reach out for support, and to notice how I'm able to fully feel loss (tears were shed), and move through it, trusting that I'm still worthy, that life is still good, that I won't always feel what I am feeling now.

Sometimes what feels at first like heartbreak is actually your heart breaking open... letting in more love than you knew you could receive... deepening your connection to yourself and your knowing... heightening your awareness of the blessings that surround you... opening you up to even more compassion and aliveness.

If your heart is breaking, my wish for you is that you find the blessing within (not in spite of) the unraveling. And that you remember how powerful you are in your ability to heal, and receive healing. Perhaps this 7 minute guided meditation I recorded a while back may help you in your journey. A coaching conversation can also be deeply healing.

You are not alone.