I was listening to some inspiring audio talk while doing dishes a few months ago
and I have to confess, I don’t remember who it was speaking anymore
but they made mention of the four needs of the heart,
and as each one was said,
I knew it to be truth on so many levels.
So I doodled them on a heart-flap my fella made me for my journal…
A T T E N T I O N
A F F E C T I O N
A C C E P T A N C E
A P P R E C I A T I O N
Today, I got curious just who said them again…
and though I couldn’t find a link to the audio where I first heard them,
I did learn that it ends up they are attributed to some talks by Deepak Chopra.
Which just made me smile because I’m a big fan of Chopra’s Spiritual Laws
(of Yoga, in particular).
Maybe I’d even heard or read them before
but just hadn’t remembered.
And then I found this lovely article by Cara Lumen
where she suggests ways in which we can
offer these needs both to ourselves
and to others.
(You can see that article HERE.
this is the key:
seeing – feeling – that we all share the same fundamental desires and needs,
and trying to hold that in my awareness,
as I encounter others who I don’t always understand
or as I catch myself passing judgment and being too hard on myself,
is the very fountain of compassion
where we can all drink and be quenched.
Sometimes I especially need that reminder –
to be tender with my own heart.