“In this culture, there is an enormous amount of fear. Enormous.
“But, the heart is indestructible. So, the thing with Heart is that it allows you to touch Joy. Joy is different than happiness.
“This culture you live in is very strange. Everyone wants happiness, which is fleeting. It is temporary. As a human being you are designed to have many emotions. Everyone wants happiness, but the moment they have it they are immediately afraid they are going to lose it! They then spend their time in fear—fear of loss….
“When you begin to recognize that the joy of Heart is indestructible—that it cannot be taken away, that it propagates itself, that it catches on to something else and then something else and so forth, your joy can be present with the other emotions. In fact, joy will destroy fear. Your joy will ignite the coldness of other people.
“It is the person living in fear that is the one who is suffering, like they are hiding in a hole. Life is now, and it’s not worth waiting for someone or something to come to straighten things out.”
Excerpted from Heard Around the Fire, page 11
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