I am learning a valuable lesson from my family--the practice of non-judgement. I have very different views on just about everything, but I love them all dearly. They teach me that it doesn't really matter what people believe about this or that, its their essence that is the only thing real. I love who they are beyond their beliefs. I have also learned that I should only visit for about 2 1/2 days.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I just came home from a visit with my Grandparents for my Grandfather's 90th birthday. It was amazing to be there. But also difficult. I was around family for an entire 2 1/2 days. Whew! In my youth, put in this situation, I would have spent the entire time preaching about politics, environmentalism, and social issues. I would have yelled and gotten myself and everyone else upset and fighting. Luckily the practice of yoga has taught me to be a more loving, compassionate, and non-judgemental person. I have learned that when someone says something that seems ignorant that just downright pisses me off, to just listen. Listen to what other people have to say--maybe I can learn something. Also, if I just smile and give love back, I feel better and everyone feels better. My Grandparents will leave this world soon and I want the thing that they remember is how they felt loved and accepted. I want them to leave in peace--they have done alot for this world and for our family.