Jack Kornfield – Episode 11 – Freedom of the Heart

The vastness of the human heart is as timeless as it is profound. No matter the circumstance, we can choose to remain openhearted, knowing that the possibility of freedom is available to everyone.

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Episode Outline:

  • Your Heart is Free – The choice is ours to make, when we remember our deepest intentions
  • The Wisdom of Nelson Mandela – ‘It never hurts to see the good in someone, they often act the better because of it’ – A wonderful human expression of our fundamental goodness
  • Symbolism in the Solstice – This is the time to attend to the light inside the dark. We are reminded of the vast and timeless nature of our lives – We look for, and live from the inner place of goodness, in ourselves and in others
  • Everything Changes – Liberation comes in finding composure amid all of life’s experiences. Meditation is the invitation – we need only to look in our own hearts
  • Perfect You Love – The point of spiritual practice isn’t to perfect yourself, but to perfect your love
  • Innocence Returned – In actively engaging with our struggles, we gain perspective, and come to find that there is much more to the story
  • Mindfulness Merged – We sometimes use our newfound awareness to judge the shortcomings related to our practice. This is where we introduce compassion and loving kindness, to help keep us grounded
  • The Spirit (Mightier than the sword)
  • Heavy Heart – ‘Only God can place the teachings in your heart. Here, we put them on the heart, hoping that someday, when your heart breaks, they will fall in’
  • Love Everything – The possibilities are limitless in the presence of love. Remember the possibility, wherever you are

Stuff from this episode:

Books –

Jack Kornfield – The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

Jack Kornfield – Meditation for Beginners

Jack Kornfield – A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

Jack Kornfield – A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times

Jack Kornfield – Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are

 

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