Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 10/23/2017

Afraid of Connection

I find my biggest stumbling block to cultivating and expressing metta to be the fear of connection. I’m not quite sure where out comes from but I do know that the sense of closeness and intimacy can be downright painful at times. More often than not odd simply awkward and uncomfortable but it’s still there and I have no idea why.

Yet, now that I’ve seen it, there’s no reason to continue to allow it to dominate my thighs and actions. Opening up, being vulnerable, feeling pain has never yet betrayed me. It has never once brought me low. May I do my best to open my heart to everyone I meet despite how uncomfortable and pained I may feel.

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