35. A Surrendered Heart

Opening your heart – surrendering your heart – it is a risky business. 

Yes and, “What have you got to lose?”

  • Being “right” all the time?
  • A braced, constricted, atrophied heart?
  • A “safe” protected life of control and predictability? 
  • A guarded castle complete with tower and moat?

A surrendered heart is a trusting heart – surrendering fear, and trusting in the ultimate goodness of the universe. 

For me, this is a choice. I choose to believe in the ultimate goodness of the Universe. 

I could be wrong, but this is how I choose to live. 

In these mid-Pandemic Days, this trust in the goodness of the Universe is being tested, all around.  We are all looking for evidence of the goodness of humans, the resilience of nature, and hope for the future.  Meanwhile, peaceful anti-racism protests on our city streets demand the rights of all humans to be treated as equals. Change is in the wind. Break it down and start again. 

I choose to believe that, in the end, love and goodness will prevail.

And if I’m wrong, well, this is how I chose to live anyway – living each day taking another step towards the opening and surrendering of my heart. 

This is the song that keeps running through my mind these days:

At the Centerline by Brian Blade (song begins at 1.22 after the drum solo)

Give me serenity to accept the things
I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference

We won’t be forsaken
Mercy holds us when we fall
So leave the past behind us
Let the moment bring another chance

‘Cause in my heart, I love you
And only love can make a way
While the war is raging,
Can our peace be still


At the centerline,
We will find our balance
A sister’s heart and a brother’s hand
At the centerline
We will meet the challenge
Tear it down and start again

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