Tuesday, January 4, 2011
HATE BEGETS HATE
I would so very much like to write some extremely hateful things in this post but alas I cannot. I'm sure you've seen my photos of "The four agreements" bangles. The agreement I work on the most is "Don’t Take Anything Personally." Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. I fell victim today and had to turn up the volume on that particular agreement.
I was told of some unpleasant things someone said about me. I hardly know this person. In fact I've only been in her presence once. I don't get it. I needed more help so I read this. "Although we already have some degree of compassion, at present it is very biased and limited. When our family and friends are suffering we easily develop compassion for them, but we find it far more difficult to feel sympathy for people we find unpleasant or for strangers."
I'm trying to have compassion for this person. This bitter, sad, mean hearted person. See there, I just failed again. It takes practice, lots and lots of practice. I vow to meditate more and focus on unconditional compassion this year. I'm vowing right now to not think of how I can get my revenge on this...........person.