The only thing constant in the world is change
That's why I stay, I take life as it comes
~ India Arie ~ Growth ~
For those of us that are involved in personal and spiritual development work, the path can be rough and challenge us in different ways ... especially when it comes to relationships.
Inevitably there will be people in our lives that are not interested in this sort of thing. They would rather go out late and party, sit around and gossip, or procrastinate about their career or do anything else but.
You see, once you plunge headfirst into finding out about your life, your intentions, your motivations, your thoughts ... you begin to face what you need to heal and then you have a chance to release and let it go ... you change as a human being ... you are not the same as you were. You see the illusions, you attempt to lift the veil ... and those around you that are not on the same path may find you just plain ... odd?!
Why ... well you engage in different kinds of conversations, where it seems impossible to pretend any more ... no matter who long you’ve “known” each other. You are more comfortable with space, silence, introspection ... others feel awkward, uncomfortable and anxious.
So, no one said this was going to be easy ...
if you find yourself in a similar scenario there are some ways to cope.
Start by stopping ... the urge to convert your loved ones. And this is a tough one, because personally speaking, this path has enriched my life and I want to share it. I want everyone to come along for the ride. But pushing does more harm than good by pushing them away.
Second, not everyone is interested. Interested in your experiences that is. I have found that those that aren’t are looking for the quick spiritual fix because they don’t have much time. That is not to say that the thirst for inner peace is not present ... just not everyone is interested in what you have to say.
Last but most important ... don’t let other’s choices define your experience. In embarking on the path of spiritual and personal development you have made a choice. A choice that freedom matters to you. That you are tired of the crap ... the one you carry around and also that others so graciously bring into your life. Respect each others paths.
Staying true to your choices and what best for you is what matters. You are worth the investment ... trust me. You will find a whole new group of people who are willing to meet you exactly where you are, in this moment. Go ahead and surround yourself with a community of people who are "awake, conscious, inspiring, and changing the world in their own unique and extraordinary ways".
These people make a choice that lead them to a life full of gratitude ...
And send blessings to those who choose a different path and adventure. Their view of security, safety and reliability will match your embrace for freedom and the unknown. Both are beautiful in their own way.
... Loving with an open palm is the way you bless others ...