By Jane Seymour
The holiday season is all about the cherished moments we celebrate together. It’s about the love we share with friends and family and the strength we take from these special people. It’s about giving thanks and being joyful for what we have. This year, I encourage everyone to not only take time to show appreciation for their blessings, but to look at how they can make a true difference in the world. While this seems like a monumental task, it really is as simple as living with an Open Heart.
My Open Heart philosophy was born from my artwork. Every time I painted a heart it was open, and when there were two or more, they were connected. I came to realize that this reflected my mother’s advice that love should have no boundaries and should flow unconditionally. Life is full of challenges, but when your heart is open it can never stay broken and love will always find its way in.
One of the most intimate and personal ways we can embody this spirit is by embracing the families in our lives. When I say families I don’t just mean the traditional family unit, but also the extended families that we create from the people we open our hearts to as we journey through life.
Family is reflected in the moments we have in life when we are touched by another—when we open our hearts and souls and trust one another with our deepest feelings. These people become our Open Hearts Family.
When we open our hearts, our family grows; so do we . . . and so can the world. This holiday season, look for ways to expand your own Open Hearts Family and recognize the people in your life with whom you share a special bond. Celebrating these relationships fills our hearts with love and truly makes the world a better place. •
A Night to Celebrate the Open Heart Spirit
On November 29th I will be honoring some amazing people who have personified the Open Heart philosophy at the Christmas Rose concert at Carnegie Hall.
At this event the Open Hearts Foundation, which provides funds to charitable organizations in the areas of health, education, arts and sports, will be recognizing these individuals as part of an evening that will feature a performance from internationally renowned composer Tim Janis and a cast of 400 dancers and musicians. It promises to be an entertaining and uplifting experience for all.
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