Increasing our understanding and compassion makes our heart grow greater
Calming our emotions and looking deeply, we can become aware of our feelings and of whatever misperceptions we might have that could prevent us from hearing and understanding the other person.
Questioning our perceptions and listening deeply without prejudice or judgment is a very strong practice.
Sometimes we have the impression that someone intentionally wants to make us suffer. Believing this, we can get very angry.
Have you ever been driving a route you normally take and come upon a sign that said the road was closed? The same can happen to us in our relationships. We can think we are on a path and suddenly find that path is closed.
Without much thought that I can remember, I ran back over by Mark and said, "My mom said it's ok for us to play together." He looked up, nodded and then threw a huge tone in the creek that went "kerplunk" quite loudly.
Part 17 of the "How to Fight" Encouragement Series. Check out my ENCOURAGEMENT PAGE to see the other posts in this series. What could we really mean if we think or say we hate someone? https://youtu.be/Phx6YPex6jw
Sometimes you believe that you are doing something out of love and in the service of another person’s happiness. But if you do not act from a place of deep understanding of the other person, your actions may actually be making them suffer.
We can only listen to another person and understand their suffering if we have first looked deeply, embraced and been kind to our own fear and anger.
May I be happy. May I have a peaceful heart. May I embody loving kindness