Chirya Yvonne Risely
The heart is like a flower—unless it is open it cannot release its fragrance into the world. The fragrance of the heart is made up of spiritual qualities and virtues. We at times have learn how to keep our heart closed in a world that might trample over us if we let it. Being open-hearted today requires courage. When we realise that we are a spirit, no one can hurt us, no matter what they say or do. Open the heart to those you think have hurt you. It was not others who hurt you, it was your acceptance of the hurt, but it created tension and distrust and closed your heart. When I open my closed heart, I begin to heal.
We are all originally pure in heart. It is what we accumulate and learn from the physical world around us that blocks and clogs our hearts. The more we pay attention to what is in our mind and heart, the more we will become tension-free. Add “a” to tension and pay attention. When I am tension-free, it is easy to do whatever I need to do. Complaints about others will then finish.
Recognising mistakes happen in the heart. However, to dwell on them creates tension and stops my progress. Do not place mistakes on your head; the weight may crush you! Instead, learn from them. Put them under your feet and use them as an elevated platform to view your horizon.
A great deal of difference is seen between the face of a person who comes into tension and a person who pays attention. Your state of mind should be so happy that it reflects on your face, and then others would ask: How does this one always remain so well? For this to happen, truly smile from your heart, not just superficially, not having one thing in the heart and something else in the head and on the lips. To smile lovingly from the heart softens the hearts and empowers others to become strong. When a problem comes, smile to yourself and connect to God’s heart. Feeling the happiness of Godly love within, I remember every situation passes and has something to teach me. Solutions come more quickly and easily.
Use your smile to change the world; do not let the world change your smile.
Chirya Yvonne Risely is a Rajyoga meditation teacher based at the Brahma Kumaris Peace Village Retreat Center, USA.