For now, let’s call it a Heart Hinge. It’s that serendipitous moment when hearts unite, and we feel a surge of connected-ness reminding us that the universe is an okay place to be. It’s that time when a total stranger gave me 2 twenty-dollar bills because he said I looked tired. It’s the morning I tried to help an 80-year-old lady get her walker out of her car, and she kindly declined because she wanted to practice her independence. It’s that one Christmas at the hospital when my little girl placed a cherry chocolate in my father-in-law’s mouth, and he was afraid to bite down until she lovingly intervened. These occasions are times in my life when I felt another person’s soul…or when they felt mine.
A Heart Hinge isn’t isolated to that occasional “on top of the world” feeling, although that can be a happy side effect. In fact, empathy can bring us additional pain , because we are suffering alongside somebody else. But knowing in that instant that your two hearts are one heart—like a hinge attaching a door to a wall– invigorates and strengthens. We are enlightened as we see the world through someone else’s eyes. When our wholehearted empathy knits our souls in that brief moment, we are linked to the entire cosmos. Our vulnerability becomes a power.
Albert Einstein said this, “A human being is part of a whole. But he experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest. This delusion is a kind of prison for us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion.”
And so I am launching an effort to report, on each blog post, my daily Heart Hinge. For the next 365 days, I will share with my readers a moment of genuine Connection. It might be a memory, or it could be something occurring that very day. Whatever it is, whether I laughed or I cried or I hollered or I cowered, it will come from a togetherness that happens when souls unite, however briefly, and a paradigm shift begins.
Because the world is full of goodness…Perhaps you’ll feel it, too.