Valentine’s Day Message – What Barriers Have You Built Up Within Yourself?

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Rumi is one of my favorite poets and philosophers. Reading his words always inspires me to move beyond my comfort zone, beyond my fears, and beyond my understanding.

I came across this thought-provoking message recently and thought it was worth sharing this week for Valentine’s Day. I find it to be such a true and profound insight.

I think all of us, at some point in our lives, build up barriers in response to (and to protect ourselves from) being disappointed, hurt, rejected or excluded. These internal barriers become a part of us over time and we can forget they are even there.

They typically stay in place much longer than we need them and they can hold us back from letting the fullness of love into our lives.

Join the conversation below: Do you agree or disagree with Rumi’s message? What barriers do you think you have built up within yourself? How have they affected your life?

Happy Valentine’s Day,

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Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference. Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change -- people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution.

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