As one can see when the eyes are open, so one can understand when the heart is open.
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
For me, understanding when my heart is open is when I feel compassion. The opposite is giving someone the finger in traffic. I'm not sure if they're suffering, but in THAT moment it's clear that I am. I'm taking a hearty swig off of the bleach bottle of a fearfully closed heart.
On most days when I'm in traffic, I think, when someone barges by, obviously impatient because I'm driving the speed limit, oh, poor them, they're running away from this moment, this beautiful moment, and I know that then, they too, currently have the bleach bottle in their hand.