Want to Change Someone? Think again


    Is it possible to "want nothing from another?" Don’t we naturally want people to be kind? Yes, this is part of the human condition. The problems arise when the mind habitually wants people to be different than they are.

    Our painful relationships with others are most often caused by unconsciously feeding the wanting to change people we cannot change, like family or people with whom you work!

    When you notice being caught up in wanting someone to be different – drop the wanting, and want nothing. You won’t become passive or turn off your feelings. In fact, you may notice more awareness, clarity and compassion. Notice what happens for your self.

    Remembering awareness is a gift to your self and others. Please take care.

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    Try this the next time you are aware that you feel stressed and want to quiet down the inner chaos quickly. Walking, driving, standing still or sitting, quietly say while breathing in, "I am breathing in, and I am at peace." Say while breathing out, "I am breathing out, and I am at peace." Focus attention on what happens. If you become distracted, simply return your focus to your words and notice what's happening within. Repeat until you notice a shift, and are ready to stop. The cells of the body receive thought as instruction, and they are willing followers to whatever we think. Saying we are at peace allows the body to shift from feeling rushed around, to slowing down, so we can feel quieter inside. With the goal of maintaining balance in all things, use this practice with care, and let awareness be your guide. Sometimes this practice is helpful, and other times, it can be used to distract us from exploring mistaken beliefs that keep us rushing around. Remembering awareness is a gift to yourself and others.


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