Jack Kornfield – Heart Wisdom – Ep. 92 – Stories That Open the Mind, Mend the Heart and Lead to Joy

Jack Kornfield - Heart Wisdom - Ep. 92 - Stories That Open the Mind, Mend the Heart and Lead to Joy

In this episode of the Heart Wisdom Podcast Jack Kornfield shares stories that open the mind, mend the heart and lead us to joy.

Inhabiting Story

Jack begins with a reflection on the power of storytelling. He looks at the space for personal healing and growth that stories can provide us.

“Sometimes you need a story more than food. Sometimes to hear a story and sometimes to tell it.” – Jack Kornfield 

Jack offers stories from the awakened heart that remind us of the qualities of faith and compassion which move us in the direction of freedom on Ep. 45 of the Heart Wisdom Podcast
Our Place in the Story (7:25)

We listen to a story about the power of kind words and an attentive heart from Terry Dobson, a former men’s advocate, writer, and aikido teacher. Jack speaks about our role as we listen to stories. What do we learn from them? What part of ourselves is being told in these stories?

Read this full story from Terry Dobson: A Kind Word Turneth Away Wrath
Meaning and Connection (27:55)

Jack relays an ancient story passed on by the likes of Thich Nhat Hanh and Leo Tolstoy. The tale reminds us of our inner bodhisattva and the happiness that arises through service to others.

A Story of Integrity (47:15)

We close with a story that looks at the way our own integrity shapes the world around us.

“It is not that we are fixing others, but that we become so present with attention and love itself that we become a mirror in which they can see themselves. A mirror without judgment. They learn something by our own integrity and stillness.” – Jack Kornfield 

Jack Kornfield - Heart Wisdom - Ep. 92 - Stories That Open the Mind, Mend the Heart and Lead to Joy

We all carry personal stories we long to write and family stories that haunt us. Some of these truths can be incomplete because the people involved are dead, unreachable, or unwilling to tell the truth.
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