The undefended heart is not fragile. In fact, it is the opposite of fragile, because it welcomes and experiences the full impact of being human. The undefended heart doesn’t hide from grief or despair, nor does it shield itself from joy. It simply flows in the stream of What is Actually Happening. The undefended heart is not at the mercy of life. It knows to seek shelter in a thunderstorm and to draw a blanket around itself when the wind blows, but it does not run for cover in a soft spring rain or build a fortress to keep out the breeze. The undefended heart knows that it is worthy of protection, but not at the expense of being fully alive.