The amount of love we can have is determined by the spaciousness we allow in our heart; how we relate to the stuff that happens to us in life.
Imagine taking a very small glass or water and putting
into it a teaspoon of salt. Because the glass is so small, the teaspoon of salt is going to have a big effect on the water.
However, if you put that same amount of salt into a much larger body of water, such as a lake, it will not have the same intensity of impact, because of the vastness and openness of
the container receiving it.
Even when the salt remains the same, the spaciousness of the
container changes everything.
We spend a lot of our lives looking for a feeling of safety or protection–we try to change the amount of salt that comes our way, and sometimes think we can avoid it. Ironically, the salt is the very thing that we cannot do anything about. Life changes and offers us repeated ups and downs.
Our true work is to create a container so immense that any amount of salt, even a truckload, can come into it without affecting our capacity to receive it.
Salt and Water By: Sharon Salzberg, Loving Kindness