Oprah refers to joy and gratitude as “the way home.” Brené says, “When we loose our tolerance to be vulnerable.. joy becomes foreboding” and sometimes in our experiences we are “dress rehearsing tragedy so we can beat vulnerability to the punch.”

There is this place I go and sit quietly to reflect. Sometimes I go there because I feel my heart clenched closed in fear; or weak with doubt. Other times my heart feels fragile, and I struggle. I become angry and defensive. Pausing in the silence I begin to breathe into the knowing that standing in my truth I find my strength and its there that my heart opens. I feel whole-hearted. I am grateful. I find my joy.