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By Henrita Frost, SSND

Many years ago, in a distant land, I had the opportunity to be present at an open heart surgery.  The vision of the surgeon holding the beating heart in his hand is present to me.   Many tubes that connected the heart throughout the body enabled and sustained the heart to be an organ of love and compassion. Like that heart, our hearts beat and beat – giving life – sending life through the body and into the atmosphere.  We can stand solitary anywhere and offer our pulsating heart to wherever it might move.  My yearning is for a boundless heart, open to all to freely enter, no passports or permissions needed.


Recently, I have experienced the presence of a small golden light of love and compassion in my being.  Frequently, I forget the golden light.  As I return I muse about the light and ask, “What do you want of me?”  The response is – love and compassion for all with no boundaries.  I must face that painful moment, fearing that I am incapable of surrendering all for the sake of gifting all beings with an open boundless heart.  The question comes, “Do I have enough compassion for myself that I can risk surrendering to a life of boundless compassion for all?”  The question continues to haunt me!  Loving Kindness Meditation consoles me as I quest for the ultimate surrender of all for the constant presence of compassion for all beings.  The visits of the shimmering golden light bestow love and courage.