Heart of the Soul

Heart of the Soul


The Common Thread that Ties Us Together

posted by Jodi Chapman

Love - Jodi ChapmanOver the past couple of years, through my own inner growth and through connecting with many others, I’ve come to realize that there’s one common thread that ties us together:

Love.

That’s it. Everything comes back to this. It seems so simple, doesn’t it?

And it is. If we choose for it to be.

Because here’s the thing: in order to bring love into our life, we have to (absolutely have to) choose to open our hearts. We have to consciously decide to let our past hurts remain in the past and not move into our present and future. We have to let go of any blocks and barriers that may be keeping us from fully experiencing love here in this moment. We have to begin to look at life through a lens of love and kindness rather than a lens of fear and anger.

We have to.

Love is always all around us. Love is always available to all of us. 

But only if we let it in. If we choose to open up to it. If we choose to embrace it rather than push it away. 

I spent many years closing my heart to love. Even while I was in relationships, I wouldn’t allow myself to fully trust or fully love. I was afraid that I would get hurt. I was afraid that my heart would break and would never be able to be put together again. So I continued to love a little but not fully. I mastered putting one foot in but not two. I learned how to crack open the door to my heart but not open it all the way.

Rather than keeping me from getting hurt, living in this closed-off way caused me to feel so alone. I was trying to protect myself and ended up hurting deeply by creating a barrier between myself and everyone else. No one could penetrate this wall that I had put up. I had created a life that made me feel absolutely miserable – no love could get in.

When I met my husband, I immediately felt my walls begin to crumble. I knew that I had met my match in every way, and I could feel the goodness pouring out of his soul. I loved how I felt when I was with him. I loved feeling loved by him, and I loved loving him. For the first time in my life, I chose to open my heart completely to someone else. I chose to embrace this love rather than hide from it. And it was the best choice that I have ever made. That was almost 12 years ago, and almost every minute of every day since we met has been spent together – loving each other.

Our love is a miracle in my life – it has helped heal every part of my soul. And it didn’t just stop with us. Our love helped me expand who I was able to love and how much I would be able to give to them. It opened my heart so much that I now feel an infinite supply of love coming into me and moving through me at all times. I am able to offer this love to thousands of amazing souls on a daily basis, which I never could have done when I had kept my heart closed off to love.

Love is so powerful. Love not only changes lives – love is life. 

And wouldn’t we all choose to feel alive if given the choice?

I definitely would. And I have a feeling that you would, too.

If you’re ready to embrace your life and let love in, I invite you to make a decision to open up to love. Declare it for yourself right here in this moment. Allow it to come into your heart. Allow it to flow out. Allow yourself to see it as the miracle that it is – to let it wash over you and heal your soul. Allow it to soak up all of the hurt and the anger and the pain and the sadness inside of you.

I would love for each of us to walk through life knowing just how loved we are – by our friends and our family and our higher power and our angels and our loved ones who have passed before us and our pets and each and every single person on the planet. And I would love for us to allow ourselves to love others fully and completely. To trust that there is an infinite supply of love. To trust that the more love we give and the more we receive, the more love there is to give and receive. To remember that at our core, we are each connected by this same thread of love.

When Lenny Kravitz said that we’ve got to let love rule, he definitely was onto something. I’m taking his advice and would love for you to join me.

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

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  • http://www.jodichapman.com Jodi Chapman

    Thank you so much, Candice! It’s so true – it’s the choices that we make each moment that add up to our life. Big hug to you!

  • http://www.ChooseHealthLoveLife.com Candice Aiken

    Ohhh Jodi, what a beautiful piece of writing!

    I love this in particular: “if you’re ready to embrace your life and let love in, I invite you to make a decision to open up to love.” And isn’t that what it’s about – making a decision, making a CHOICE!

    Thank you for sharing. xx

  • http://www.jodichapman.com Jodi Chapman

    Hi Lucy! Thank you so much! Sending love to you, too! :)

  • http://www.jodichapman.com Jodi Chapman

    Thank you, Leanne. I’m so sorry that you’re feeling alone right now, but I love that you are still willing to open your heart and trust that it will be worth it. It will. I know it. You’ll be living, and that’s always worth it. You’ll be feeling, and that’s always worth it. You’ll be loving, and that’s always worth it. I’m sending you a huge hug and lots of love!

  • http://www.jodichapman.com Jodi Chapman

    Thanks, Karen! I agree 100%! Big hug to you!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lucy

    Jodi, thank you for this wonderful reminder to open up and let love in. It’s as simple as choosing, allowing yourself to give it out and to soak it all up! Love to you

  • http://claimyourtreasure.com Leanne

    Beautiful post Jodi. I’m in this place at the moment, feeling alone but wanting to open my heart and trust that it will be worth it. Unfortunately I was not loved by my family so it’s a tough choice to take this risk, reading your story was really helpful xx

  • http://karencaseysmith.com Karen

    Beautifully said! An open heart is the best way to live. ♥

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