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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Let's ensure we keep our doors open if only a crack

Thomas Moore's May-June 2012 column, "The Door Ajar", for Spirituality & Health magazine recommends keeping our doors slightly open to allow the flow of life.
"Many people say they are looking for new ideas, inspiration, and a new life, but their doors are closed. They want the new life on their own terms and are unwilling to listen to what “the heaven” may recommend. They want the reward, but they’re not comfortable having any gap in their defenses or being open to the appearance of something new.

I think it’s useful to get over the fear of having your door ajar. On a daily basis, you can practice at having your door at least partially open. Get accustomed to asking a friend, “What do you think?” You’ve opened the door a crack. When deciding where to go or what to do with someone, wait for that person to make a suggestion and be willing to follow. When your tastes or fears or need to control come into play, hold them back, relax, and try something new. These are all exercises in keeping your door ajar."

He doesn't recommend the door be wide open — just open enough to satisfy Emily Dickinson:

"The Soul should always stand ajar
That if the Heaven Inquire
He will not be obliged to wait.”