June 23, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: Heart Broken Open

by Greg Sunter

Age 52. Brisbane, Australia

 

This image of the heart broken open has become the driving force of my life in the years since my wife’s death.

Four years ago, my wife of 21 years passed away as the result of a brain tumour. Her passage from diagnosis to death was less than six months. As shocking as that time was, almost as shocking was the sense of personal growth and awakened understanding that has come from the experience for me through reflection and inner work – to a point that I almost feel guilty about how significant my own growth has been as a result of my wife’s death. I certainly wish it could have come about in a different way, but maybe it can’t.
In his book, A Hidden Wholeness, Parker Palmer writes about the two ways in which our heart can be broken: the first, imaging the heart as shattered and scattered; the second, imaging the heart broken open into new capacity, holding more of both our own and the world’s suffering and joy, despair and hope.

That is what I now seek to do, live with a heart broken open.


This image of the heart broken open has become the driving force of my life in the years since my wife’s death. It has become the purpose to my life. For it’s one thing to have your heart broken open, but it’s another thing altogether to live in such a way that seeks to keep the heart broken open – open to new possibility; open to hope; open to the hurts and fears of others. That is what I now seek to do, live with a heart broken open.

 

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