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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

December 4, 2023

The focus for today is:

I choose to keep my heart open all the time.

Today's inspiration was written by Rabbi Wayne Dosick:

Disaster and upheaval serve in part to purge and purify the old design. But, sometimes, when we experience our own suffering or the anguish of others, our hearts open wide to hold the pain and help as best as we can. 

Yet when the present challenge or danger seems to have passed, all too often our hearts close again and return to their “normal” size. In today’s world, when one painful event seems to follow another at warp speed, the message for us is: we need to keep our hearts open all the time.

The swirling turmoil in our world compels us to become the people who will tame and heal the darkness that threatens us. With open hearts we can carve out the pathways that revive and renew us so that the new paradigms can emerge.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Cracking Our Hearts Open, Right Now
     Written by Rabbi Wayne Dosick.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of keeping your heart open (today and every day).

Comment from Marie:
Unfortunately, it's too easy to close our heart, either in anger, judgment, impatience, stress, or whatever other emotion gets us upset. Yet, making a commitment, each day, to keep our heart open will go a long way to make it happen. And as with so many things, it gets easier the more we do it. 

Our focus for today: I choose to keep my heart open all the time.

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About the Author

photo of RABBI WAYNE DOSICK, Ph.D., D.D.RABBI WAYNE DOSICK, Ph.D., D.D., is an educator, writer, and spiritual guide who teaches and counsels about faith, ethical values, life transformations, and evolving human consciousness. Well-known for his quality scholarship and sacred spirit, he is the rabbi of The Elijah Minyan, a retired visiting professor at the University of San Diego, and the host of the monthly Internet radio program, SpiritTalk Live! heard on

He is the award-winning author of nine critically acclaimed books, including the now-classic Living JudaismGolden RulesThe Business BibleWhen Life Hurts20 Minute KabbalahSoul JudaismThe Best is Yet To BeEmpowering Your Indigo Child, and, most recently, The Real Name of God: Embracing the Full Essence of the Divine.

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