Heart Breaking Open: Discovering the Heart Within Heartbreak
This is a book about love, betrayal and transformation. And although we most often think of betrayal in the romantic sense — of a partner or spouse having an affair or our best friend dating our former lover — we are constantly betrayed in big and small ways.
As heartbreaking as any betrayal in can be, when it happens to us, we have an opportunity to not only learn from it, but to be transformed. That, ultimately, is what this book is about.
As the subtitle ‘Discovering the Heart within Heartbreak’ implies, the heart doesn’t simply break. If we allow ourselves to go beyond the pain and anguish that follows heartbreak, we can discover that our hearts are filled with a greater sense of love and compassion than we were aware of before.
While the genesis of this book was my husband’s confession that he was having an affair, what came next surprised me, likely surprised him, and proved to me that we always have a choice as to how we respond to life’s biggest challenges.
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We can respond from love or from fear. Guided by a powerful reminder of these choices, I experienced an insight that proved to me that there is a benevolent power that wants only what is best for us.
Prior to, throughout the writing of this book, and still today, my life has been focused on the search for meaning: the search for a sense of permanent happiness and contentment. Rather than try to deny my longing, I have prayed and been guided to follow the path of Spirit. Each teacher and teaching has led me to the next teacher and teaching until I recognized that the love and happiness, the contentment I had been seeking, was here all along—here in my very own heart—where it has always been.
Heart Breaking Open is a story about the power of surrender, of prayer, and the gifts to be found within life’s most challenging experiences. I share my story so that you, too, may find strength in knowing that when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable; when we allow the Love in our hearts to guide our thoughts, our words, and our actions, we open the door to a new and fresh aliveness.
The events and experiences that cause us to question our lives; the trials that make us feel as if ‘life as we know it is over’ most often become our greatest gifts. While many books have been written from this perspective, I think that what makes Heart Breaking Open unique is that it contains a clear message about trust. Trusting the guidance, our intuitive knowing, is critical if we are to live the life we are meant to live.
Often considered courageous, the acts and actions that require us to step out of the mold our parents or our culture have prescribed for us provide opportunities that we otherwise would have missed. Freed from the limitations imposed by a fear-based search for security, we find ourselves free to explore and discover how to create a life truly worth living. This unfettered journey we find ourselves on is, ultimately, a spiritual journey. This is one woman’s story of how hers unfolded.