"Without realizing it, we continually put up protective walls made up of opinions, prejudices, and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt.
"These walls are further fortified by emotions of all kinds: anger, craving, indifference, jealousy and arrogance.
"It's a natural opening in the barriers we create when we're afraid.
"With practice we can learn to find this opening.
"We can learn to seize that vulnerable moment-------
"love, gratitude, loneliness, embarrassment, inadequacy------
"to awaken bodhichitta."
These words were written by Pema Chodron in last week's Heart Advice: Weekly quotes from Pema Chodron, 'Seize the Vulnerable Moment'.