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Freeing the Tamed Heart

In the past century, the tactics involved in taming an elephant for circus performing aren't nearly as violent or barbaric as they once were, but it still remains heartbreaking to witness. We all know this magnificent two-ton animal could crush its handler instantly, and yet the elephant obeys his every command. Sometimes doing tricks that are dangerous to its own health. How can this be? How can such a strong and relatively smart animal withstand this kind of captivity? The stinging reminder never disappears—this incredible animal was taken from its natural habitat, usually at a young age, was "broken in" over a

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Come out, come out, wherever you are.

Woodcarvers have a tough job. They are given the exact same medium every single time: a block of wood. Then they’re tasked with making something unique, something beautiful, something worth selling. And it takes forever. For. Ev. Er. Much like the woodcarver shapes the block of wood by removing unnecessary layers to reveal the subject, our hearts require the same attention and intention. We must remove the unnecessary layers of protection of our hearts so that 1.) we can be authentic with ourselves and with others and 2.) we can acknowledge/embrace our individuality. The key to authenticity is discovering our

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