“Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, you raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.”
— Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Yet so often we keep our hearts hidden even from ourselves. How many of us are willing to open up that much? Basic honesty, living without lies seems the most difficult thing to handle. We lie for the stupidest reasons also. We don’t say what we feel, not out of fear of hurting someone but out of self-protection to avoid angering others or causing conflict. We end up all too easily becoming passive aggressive shells. What would be so bad about saying, “No I don’t want to do this?” or “This is not what works for me” or even “I disagree”
Honesty gives way to more honesty while lies cover up the essential self and are soul killing. The first part of letting the world tickle your heart and exposing that ‘raw and beautiful heart’ has to be a willingness to be slapped rather than tickled and let the truth of who you are shine through. We cannot call ourselves fearless if we fear to tell the truth.
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