When feeling bruised by those who are supposed to understand, or even by the world at large, the heart often wants to shut down. Yet this is a time when the heart can be seen most clearly. One sees one's walls, fears and needs. By not shutting down, longstanding obstacles to growth and love can be within reach.
A bruised heart can expand one's capacity to love, and provide the humility needed for a a person to attempt what they were too stubborn to even consider in the past. It is a time where working with a therapist, developing a spiritual path, going back to school or taking a long trip can be most meaningful. It is the time to re-connect, or even connect with the first time, with the bounty of one's heart.
Cheryl Deaner, LMFT #36764