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Hirake Kokoro (Open Mind) by Kaori Watanabe (2007)

“If we live with a closed heart for too long, we can begin to forget what it feels like to open. Armor becomes our new normal. The work we do to heal and re-open in this mad world is some of the most important work we will ever do in our lives. Not to say that we want it wildly open at all times- there is a place for ‘conscious armoring’ when necessary- but we do want to cultivate the capacity to re-open it. And part of the process, at least in my own experience, has been to feel a bit of sadness when it closes… I miss my heart.” –Jeff Brown 

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