One Vital Thing to Remember About the People in Your Life
by ALETHEIA LUNA
As you breathe in, let your thoughts drift to all the people in your life right now, no matter how many, or how few. It doesn’t matter.
As you breathe out, travel into your feelings as you reflect on each person.
Now tell me, what do you experience? Perhaps you feel comfortable feelings such as love, safety, admiration, respect or appreciation. On the other hand, you may experience hatred, jealousy, pain, contempt, resentment, anger, shame and frustration. While we tend to judge one set of emotions as good and the other spectrum as bad, I want you to just sit with every emotion that arises and embrace all. Allow them to exist. Let your judgements rise and fall. Don’t worry, you are allowed to judge yourself and others here … we aren’t in bible school! The reality that I have discovered over and over again is that judgement is actually necessary for our growth as spiritual beings.
The people in our lives are our greatest teachers. The way we choose to respond and react to them is a direct reflection of how we treat ourselves.
So think about how you perceive the people in your life at this very moment. Whatever you love and hate about another is a mirror of your own qualities. If I hate you for being narrow-minded, I hate myself for being narrow-minded towards your narrow-mindedness. If I respect you for giving me freedom, I respect myself for giving me freedom. If I have a grudge towards you for treating me badly, I have a grudge towards myself for treating me badly and not allowing forgiveness to reign.
Can you see that every outward action has a corresponding inward reaction … and vice versa?
Every single person in our lives is a potential teacher.
Here are some lessons you can learn from the negative emotions that others stir up in you. Keep in mind that each of these emotions will provide different lessons for different people … so these are just some examples from my own life:
At the end of the day, our soulful expansion heavily depends on how we choose to perceive, treat and react to the people in our lives.
Learning to move from a victim of circumstance to a student of life is a deeply empowering choice to make.
Tell me, how do you handle the people in your life? Do you have any tips to share that could help others?
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About the Author
Aletheia Luna is the author of "Old Souls: The Sages and Mystics of Our World" and "Quiet Strength: Embracing, Empowering and Honoring Yourself as an Introvert" and is the cofounder, editor and author of popular self-discovery websiteLonerWolf.com As a transformational mentor and holistic writer, she has helped to guide thousands of people all throughout the world on their paths of self-acceptance and wholeness. You can follow her work and private updates onFacebook and Goodreads. Published with the author's explicit written permission.