Disease and the Heart

Yesterday I wrote of experiencing the symptoms of a disease, today all day I have been experiencing the gift that I believe any disease has to offer, a heart more open to others in the world. In working with clients, in listening to the news, in receiving a phone call regarding a horrible event in the life of some very good friends, my whole body feels sensitized to deeper and stronger feelings of empathy and love. On an average day news and stories we hear can feel like abstractions, like reading a novel, something at a distance from us, until we are cracked open. I think our ailments often come as angels, to open us up. Life rushes in. I am grateful for anything that provides such fullness of life.

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