Strong Back, Soft Front

“All too often our so-called strength comes from fear not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended front shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence. If we strengthen our backs, metaphorically speaking, and develop a spine that’s flexible but sturdy, then we can risk having a front that’s soft and open, representing choiceless compassion. The place in your body where these two meet – strong back and soft front – is the brave, tender ground in which to root our caring deeply.” ~ Joan Halifax ~

2 thoughts on “Strong Back, Soft Front

  1. I love that image of the joining place. Thank you. I have a spot on my back where I actually feel a push to do something carrying my vulnerable tender front onwards sometimes against my stubborn will. And when I get to the place able to meet others pain with compassion and love. (ie. seeing a dying person or wake or ……)

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