Ripped Open: The Beauty of a Broken Heart

Cultivate Clarity

The original version of the essay below was published on my blog on January 22nd. Today I’m honor to say that a slightly different version appears in Mamalode Magazine!

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. 

–Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

IMG_0303Eight years ago, I watched one of my oldest and best friends…

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