a hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation
the emotional or moral nature as distinguished from the intellectual nature
one’s most innermost character, feeling, or inclinations
the essential or most vital part of something
When you look up the word “heart” these are a few of the definitions provided by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. I bring your attention to these specific definitions because they lie at the heart (pun intended) of what I’d like to share in the following post.
When we conjure up examples of a strong family, images of a father who provides, a mother who nurtures, and children who obey may emerge because we have been led to believe that this is the standard. However, in our ever-changing world, the limiting definitions of a “traditional” family no longer suffice to fully encapsulate the complexities of familial strength. In fact, it is arguable that we fall short of considering the cultural influences on family structures and dynamics that offer variants on the way family strength manifests in different communities today.
The journey to embrace self-love
and limit my ego continues to bring internal struggles that ultimately lead me
to become an enhanced version of myself.
The work it takes to delve deep into the shadows of my past often feels
like rummaging through a mountain of mess to find a key to unlock yet another lesson, a renewed
insight, or a universal truth. However, honoring my Self brings on unexpected external
challenges as well. Much like a pebble tossed into the center of a calm pond, adjustments
of my own thoughts and actions cause the energies in my environment and the
people within it to ripple in kind. And
it’s not always as positive as I assume.