What Is The Real Issue?

Self-destructive behavior in someone I love. Being a target of that behavior. Controlling, even mean behavior from someone. Being a target of that behavior.

Can I change that person?

Can I help that person?

What is the real issue that is compromising my peace, my happiness, my joy?

The real issue is what I think and how I feel about that behavior. This is where my focus needs to be if I am to restore my peace, my happiness, my joy. I am responsible for my thoughts and my feelings and my behaviors; this is where my practice of enlightened living unfolds and evolves. Not out there. Right here.

And so it is.

Namaste.

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4 thoughts on “What Is The Real Issue?

  1. I hope this blog is not what it sounds like it is. Oh, my, I really hope not. Through many painful, sad,and frustrating years, I finally learned once and for all I can not change someone. It hearts my heart, but it’s true, and maybe that’s a good thing. Who knows if my way would be the right way for another.

    My thoughts are difficult for me because of my life-long problem with circular thinking, but OMG, I am working really hard with that challenge. Usually I can calm down and stop a panic attack, but not always. At least I know I have the tools, and I use them. That brings me to the MOST difficult thing of all: controlling my feelings. I am at a loss to stop unbidden feelings from crushing my mind and heart. Sometimes I feel like I will drop dead from walking around on my path while bleeding my life blood out as I go. It is the hardest part of the path I am on. All I can think is I didn’t ask these feelings to “attack” at the time, and after feeling them, I beg them to go on by now. I begin thanking the Source of the Universe for the amazing things which have been given me to survive this experience on Earth. He is always happy when I talk to Him in my soul. Like all of us, He likes to hear gratitude!

    Catherine, I’m sorry you have a situation going on which is causing such sadness. Forgetting the other side of the situation, why do you think this has come into YOUR life?

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  2. Namaste,Lee, and thank you for your openness and honesty in sharing. I think my best response to all that you shared is to answer your question at the end of your comment. First, let me say that I appreciate and acknowledge your compassion toward me. I am not afraid to feel sad because one of the reasons I became human was to experience emotions. I have learned not to judge emotions as good or bad. I prefer to see them as varying levels of intensity which are either comfortable or uncomfortable. Emotions are energy and energy shifts so that nothing remains forever unless I hold onto it. When it returns, I know more healing is needed whether that takes the form of a deeper level of acceptance or an understanding that my being happy when someone I love isn’t does not mean that I love that person any less. So, I think this came into my life because I am currently a human being. Human life is what it is and sometimes it is way fun, sometimes it just flows along, and sometimes it is way challenging.
    I love you, Lee.

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  3. Dear Catherine, Your blog is a great gift since I can’t take any personal time with you now. So much of what you share is an echo of my heart. Thank you again for being a friend & a woman I admire in many ways.

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  4. Oh Adina! Every time I see your name, I smile and am filled with loving memories of so many moments shared. Thank you as well. You have always been a blessing in my life.
    Sweet thoughts come your way.
    hugs, catherine

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