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Kute Blackson Kute Blackson motivational speaker. coach. video star.

Life coach and motivational speaker Kute Blackson assists people in living life's wild free-fall. He dares you to pick up the instrument that is your heart and play it fully. [www.kuteblackson.com]

Growing up on four different continents and seeing the reality that diverse people live daily has deeply impacted my heart. From those experiences came the profound and simple realization that at the core we are all the same, we are all one. On the surface, it might seem that we’re different, but we’re not. We all have the same hopes, fears, wants, and concerns. Everyone wants to be loved and everyone wants to love. Each time I come across another human being I’m so humbled. How beautiful we all are.

Inside all my studies of and experiences with religion and philosophy, I find the same thing at the core: At our highest possibility, we are love itself. Are you loving in this moment or are you not?

There are moments when I realize I’m not in tune with the state of loving that’s at the core of my being. If, in that moment, I say to myself, I’m not loving right now. What’s wrong with me? I judge myself and am thus doubly unloving. What helps me if I find I’m not in a loving state is to bring my awareness to the moment, to simply observe without judgment.

It takes real heroism and courage to be willing to love now. It’s easy to love when we feel like loving. It’s easy to love what’s typically lovable. It’s easy to love ourselves when we’re doing great things. But when we open our hearts and dare to love what challenges us, what might collapse us, or what we don’t want to love, we make a profound commitment. When I stop resisting my heart and allow love to flow, that’s when miracles happen.

If we shift our focus and let go of our attachment to the form – the form of a relationship, for example – and commit instead to the loving itself, we remain open. Forms will always change. People will change. Experiences come and go. Guaranteed. What’s important is a commitment to the process of loving, so we remain open and ready and available in every moment.

At times, loving hurts and the heart feels like it might break. But I think it hurts more to hold back. It hurts more to not love. It hurts more to contract rather than to expand, to not risk expressing the depth of love that’s within us. When our hearts feel like they’re breaking, they’re trying to break open to more love. The heart itself can never truly be broken. There’s an unshakable strength there that’s unbreakable at the core.

– Kute Blackson

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