Tara Brach offers a treasure trove of guidance for mindfulness and self-compassion. In her recent podcast she quotes one of her teachers: “The Mind creates the abyss. And the Heart crosses it.” My mind concocts a fear-based and blame-based separation between me and others. By doing my inner work, I remind myself of my connection and belonging to all that is. How deeply fulfilling and peace-making this work is! While it takes courage to experience such vulnerability, I can take it at my own pace. It’s like the rich earth that nourishes all that is good.