Today, at least here in Minnesota, it is a chilly 17 degrees and the trees and prairie grasses are covered with hoar-frost. For those of you who may not know what hoar-frost is, the definition is “a grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.” Such a DULL explanation of it once you see it in reality. The attached picture gives you an idea of what it looks like but it does not do justice to the real beauty of it.
As I sat with my tea and looked outside, my mind wandered to the possible parallel between the beauty of hoar-frost and the seemingly beautiful frozen feelings we cover our heart with sometimes. It generally feels like a good idea to frost the heart, because it helps us feel safe from harm. If we close our heart by freezing our emotions and love, we rationalize this in our left-brain, no one can hurt us. The one we truly damage is our own self. We do this by disconnecting the flow of love and compassion not only from others, but more importantly from our self. That of course is an illusion and is a serious form of self-punishment.
Fortunately, in nature, hoar frost does last long because the sun melts it away very quickly. And it can be the same if we frost our hearts. If the hoar-frost develops there, lovingly melt it off with your own love of self. It brings more love into this world. And you, the reader, knows we sure need more of that.
Enjoy the day,