FYHI have love for my family and friends. I have given unconditional love to others, but I will let you in on a secret…  I have never been in love.  How sad is that, right? I almost put it on my bucket list. HaHa!

In the process of learning to love myself–my authentic self–I really had to look at myself in the mirror.  I realized I put so many restrictions in my life.  That was why I couldn’t be free to live my life the way it should be lived… Happy, Free, and Fulfilled!

“The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.
~~ Deepak Chopra

I have been hurt and watched others get hurt.  Somehow, at a young age, I closed off my heart with stop signs in all directions and locked it up.  It didn’t matter that a part of my life wouldn’t be able to expand and grow.  At that time, it was better not to be hurt.

If your head tells you one thing, and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, you should first decide whether you have a better head or a better heart.
~~ Marilyn vos Savant

It helped that I had a very logical mind. My mind rationalized everything, making it easier and easier for me to limit any experiences involving my heart.  My mind did a great job of being a dragon, keeping its jewel (my heart) safe.

As I learned to love myself, I realized that in keeping my heart closed, I had imprisoned my Spirit as well.  It wasn’t until after meditating regularly did I realize that I not only have to relearn to trust my heart, but also my intuition too, because the heart and Spirit go hand-in-hand.

Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.
— Author Unknown

I had to make a choice.  I had to open my heart to fully live and experience everything this life has to offer.  I had to open my heart to all possibilities–which could mean falling in love or maybe falling out of it.  It was time for my heart to experience fully.  It was time for me to experience fully.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.”

~~ Steve Jobs

My heart is open, but in baby steps mode, but open nonetheless.  As I continue to trust my heart and my intuition, my life is becoming richer and more colorful.  There is still a bit of fear, but I think, everyday, I am getting better at the whole open heart thing.

Also, in the process of loving myself, I learned that I have a far better heart than a better head. ;D

I am grateful for my better heart.  The better heart is much more ready and willing to experience the many things in life.  So now, wherever I go, I do my best to go with all my heart.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
~~ Confucius