The won-back heart

Don’t we know, only too well, that protection from pain doesn’t work, and that when we try to defend ourselves from suffering, we only suffer more and don’t learn what we can from the experience? As Rilke wrote, the protected heart that is “never exposed to loss, innocent and secure, cannot know tenderness; only the won-back heart can ever be satisfied: free, through all it has given up, to rejoice in its mastery.”
~ Sogyal Rinpoche

6 thoughts on “The won-back heart

    • Dear Ranu,

      Thank you for your visit and comments. Sogyal Rinpoche’s words speak strongly to me.

      All good wishes,


  1. So true. Thank you for sharing this dear Robert! Still in a healing process of something that transpired about a month ago and this really speaks to me. And like Gibran said too – The deeper the sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

    My best wishes always, stay blessed 🙂

    • Dear Himani,

      Thank you for your presence here and your comments. I’m glad to learn that you find value in this post. I agree with Gibran (who I very much like); the edges of the world hurt, but they also open us up for expansion.

      I wish you what is best in your healing.

      All good wishes,


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