Friday, February 17, 2012

When opposition is necessary

Participants in my classes often express concern that the meditative principles of learning to "let go of grasping" and "acceptance without judgment" will turn them into doormats. Far from it. These spiritual approaches will actually empower us when we get some practice under out belt.

Here's something I like by a well known meditation teacher:
“Loving someone does not mean automatically acquiescing to their every whim. Sometimes love shows itself in saying no to an attitude or desire that is harmful. But your opposing must be done tenderly, without anger or condescension.”

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:30 AM

    And sometimes love shows itself by quietly walking away from someone when an attitude or desire has become toxic. It is incredibly hard to do without anger or condescension.
    Carolyn L.


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