Are You Open?

Do you have a tendency to keep yourself or your thoughts and feelings closed to people or the world?

Do you fear vulnerability?

Or Do you shut down or shut yourself off from opportunities, possibilities, ideas, love, intimacy, or certain situations?

On a scale of 1-10, how open are you to others, with your thoughts, feelings, in your relationships, career, etc.

Are you more open to giving than receiving, or vice versa?

Letting people into your life requires a certain level of openness and vulnerability.

Do you want to let people get to know you, get close, and allow deeper relationship.

People aren’t mind readers. If you don’t let them know what’s going on inside in your heart and mind, communication suffers, they can’t get to know you, and you block intimacy and authentic relationship.

There are reasons you may feel guarded about being open, perhaps due to past experiences, hurts, a fear of judgment, rejection, betrayal, etc.

It takes courage to be vulnerable, yet the rewards are rich and beautiful and so worth it.

The more you trust and value yourself, the easier this will become

Love wants to be given to you in every moment if you are open and willing to receive.

It may come in many forms, through friends and loved ones, successes and serendipities, people you meet, opportunities that come your way, and the wonder, beauty and joy of life itself.

There can be blocks around receiving, of course. We can resist receiving just as we resist love, or perhaps feel we don’t deserve it, or fear the intimacy that may come with it, etc.

Allow openness at a level and a pace that is manageable for you and not overwhelming. You might start with small steps, opening the door bit by bit. Be courageous, and intend on that which is for your highest. Trust in the love that wants to be given to you, in the blessings that want to come your way, and open to receive. And share more of who you are, for that is why you are here. You have so much to give, just in being you!

Open to giving and receiving at a new level.

Written by Aine Belton