Carl Rogers, the great humanistic psychologist, said:
Before every session, I take a moment to remember my humanity.
There is no experience that this man has that I cannot share with him,
no fear that I cannot understand,
no suffering that I cannot care about,
because I too am human.
No matter how deep his wound,
he does not need to be ashamed in front of me.
I too am vulnerable.
And because of this, I am enough.
Whatever his story, he no longer needs to be alone with it.
This is what will allow his healing to begin.
Frank Ostaseski, the author of The Five Invitations, said
There is no Dharma apart from the heart.
When we can’t touch others,
Just put your hand on your heart
And say to yourself
Or out loud
"I choose love".
To be open-hearted requires vulnerability. It is an invitation to feel
Courage is the heart’s answer when fear speaks. Bodhisattva are beings who
had the willingness to stand with suffering even while they were afraid.