Let Us Keep Our Hearts Open by Tina Frisco guest writing at The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

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I am going to start featuring and posting inspirational posts I’ve come across  and to start the ball rolling, I’m starting with Tina Frisco’s heartening post, teaching us how to keep our hearts open. Tina recently featured this article on the Story Reading Ape’s blog,

Let Us Keep Our Hearts Open – Guest Post by, Tina Frisco…



It is easy to close our hearts; not so easy to keep them open. Or so it seems …

When we experience emotional pain, a common human response is fight or flight. Become angry or shut down. Neither of these reactions solves anything, and both can cause serious health problems if sustained over time.

Fear is the culprit in any action or reaction that is not love-based. It obscures awareness and keeps us ignorant of its deleterious effects. It constricts our bodies, imprisons our minds, catapults our emotions, and darkens our spirits. When trapped in fear, it is impossible to keep our hearts open.

If we close our hearts to one, we close them to all. Open is open and closed is closed. At one time, this was a difficult concept for me to get my head around. I thought I could open and close my heart at will, as easily as I removed and replaced the lid to the peanut butter jar. I soon learned how utterly deceptive this was. I began to feel as if I were zip-tied to a revolving door.

A husband and wife are furious with each other. Unaware of the discord, their daughter approaches them and asks for $20. Neither one hears her above the internal argument they are having with one another. The daughter asks again but is refused. She raises her voice and says, ‘What’s the big deal? It’s only $20!’ One of her parents reacts by slapping her hard across the face. Immediately contrite, the parent apologizes for behavior that was clearly out of character.

When storming in anger, simmering in blame, or smoldering in hurt, the heart automatically begins to close. This is a defense mechanism that frequently backfires, hurting not only the victim of our troubling emotions, but ourselves as well. The oftener we close our hearts, the nearer our subconscious moves toward believing this is the way we want to be in the world. Since the role of the subconscious is to serve, it will do all in its power to manifest this belief.  Continue Reading . . .

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    1. My absolute pleasure Chris 🙂

  1. I’m off to read it, Deb!

    1. Enjoy Jacqui! 🙂

    2. Thank you, Jacqui ❤

  2. A beautiful post from Tina and much to think about in our divisive world. Thanks for sharing, Debby. I’m looking forward to more inspiration! <3

    1. So true, and thanks Diana. Tina is such a prolific and profound writer. 🙂 <3

    2. Thank you, Diana ❤

  3. Thank you so much, Deb. I’m tickled pink to help get the ball rolling on your new feature! I look forward to your future posts in this series. Hugs, sister ❤

    1. I thought it was a great lead off to feature T. Happy to have your work featured here. <3

  4. What a great idea to have a series of inspirational posts, Debby. I look forward to reading them. This one of Tina’s is a great one to start with – such good advice to keep an open heart and let love in – and out!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Tina’s post Norah. Tina is the go-to girl when it comes to wise words and inspiration so you can expect to see more of her writing here too. 🙂

      1. Aw thanks, Deb, my sweet friend ❤

    2. Thank you for such a lovely comment, Norah ❤

  5. I loved Tina’s story. So good that you shared it, Debby.

    1. Thanks Jennie. Tina’s writing is definitely inspirational! 🙂

      1. It definitely is!

    2. Aw thanks, Jennie and Deb ❤❤

      1. You’re welcome, Tina!

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