Provision #812: What Breaks Your Heart?

It led me to ponder and pose the question for today’s Provision: “What breaks your heart?”. If nothing breaks our hearts, then we are not fully connected to the human experience because there is much that is heartbreaking. I used to know that more in my head than in my heart; more in my cerebral cortex than in my limbic system. But since the limbic part of my brain has become inflamed, I am all about the things that move me. And seeing that little boy wandering around, looking lost and confused, moved me deeply. I identified with his emotion and it moved me to action.

That’s what happened to Jesus in the story and that’s what happens to all of us if we open our hearts to the full range of the human experience. The point of all my tears and emotional reactions to things is not self-serving; it is not just to express limbic inflammation or to heal my brain. The point is to share in the full range of the human experience such that I might become a more full and complete human being, more connected to the “thrill of victory and agony of defeat”, and even more compassionate and giving than I was before.

For better or for worse, my brain inflammation has done just that. So for all the resulting deficits, that we are still working on resolving and may never resolve completely, I am claiming my illness as more of a blessing than a curse. It has given me a more sensitive and compassionate heart and, when that heart is broken (which is not hard to do in our broken world), it moves me to action. I hope you will join me on the journey.

Coaching Inquiries: What breaks your heart? What moves you to action? How could your heart become more caring, considerate, and compassionate? What practices would help you to do that? Who could join you on the journey? What is one action that would move you forward?

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Your presence and courage really come through in your writings. They make my heart sing! Thanks.


If I were you, I would try to meet with Daniel Amen in his clinic on the West Coast. No one knows more about the brain and he is truly a humble, brilliant, easy going, and smart man. His work is fabulous and there are probably a couple of books about him. I will look into this for you and get back to you.


Just read your most recent Provision. You seemed sad and desiring wholeness. I admire your honesty. Sometimes doctors inadvertently take our hope away. The doctors may not have predicted that you would be doing as well as you are. You are a beautiful example of hope. May the miracle continue. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


As my boys would say, “You are one crazy resilient dude!” In other words, you are strong, tenacious, committed, and resolved to heal and come back as completely as possible. I think you already know my prayers are with you every day. Blessings.


As always, it is so good to hear from you and, as always, to read your Provisions. I am currently involved in a 12-week volunteer job with the Iona Community in Scotland. I just arrived. This is paradise on Earth!


May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran, MCC, BCC

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