Strength of heart comes form knowing that the pain that we each must bear is part of the greater pain shared by all that lives. It is not just “our” pain but “the” pain, and realizing this awakens our universal compassion.
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.
Emptiness is two things at once:
The absence of self and the presence of the Divine.
Thus as self decreases, the Divine increases.