Relationships and Transformation
Life is a dynamic process; just look outside in nature and you will see that transformation, growth, and evolution are happening all around you. Your relationships are also in the process of constant growth and transformation and the more you can cultivate a trust in this natural growth process the easier it will be to embrace the ebbs and flows in your relationships, and the easier it will be to find trust and intimacy.
Committed relationships require us to keep growing, and in the process we learn that intermittent growing pains are a natural part of life. Once we enter into a committed relationship (with a business partner, a friend, a family member, or a lover) we may change in many subtle and not so subtle ways – because any deep relationship encourages our personal growth.
Relationships and Conflict
When we practice compassionately working through conflicts and challenging relationship issues, over time we will see that paradoxically, conflicts approached in an atmosphere of care and respect actually deepen and enrich our relationships.
Our Greatest Potential
Relationships are a precious and mysterious training ground. They stretch our boundaries as we are compelled to reach beyond our comfort zones in our quest to get along with another human being, and even to love unconditionally. Our greatest potential lies in our ability to hold a compassionate attitude toward our self and others simultaneously, even in the midst of a distressing interaction.