Man is a knot into which relationships are tied. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Tonight’s show is really one of my favorite topics: relationships. We can’t get away from them, in a way our lives are all a series of relationships. No wonder our romantic most intimate relationships are what we care most about — especially early in our lives. Relationships enlighten us, inspire us, expose and uplift us and they knock us down harder than anything else. Guess they are pretty important, huh?!
There are many fun topics when it comes to relationships, and we discussed a bunch in our show tonight. One that I would like address here is the relationship we have to our Self. What we see and experience as great experiences, rip roaring fights, depressing, painful and even ecstatic heights all begin with what we are. It’s what we bring from inside ourselves to our relationships that creates the final dish — like any recipe, it’s a combination of the ingredients. As we change the ingredients the dish changes. So, if we bring all our parent and family emotional baggage, our great and terrible aspects of our past relationships to our current ones, guess what? It’s going to be hodge podge of everything we and they bring to it. The opportunity lies in becoming aware enough of ourselves, endeavoring to explore who we are, what we want, understanding where we want to go with our lives that will help us continue to grow and develop as human beings in relationship.
This practice is ancient and represented by the Oracle at Delphi: “Know Thyself”. This simple two word aphorism truly says it all. Another version I enjoy is: “Thine own self thou must know.” Regardless of the phrasing, the power that we have in practicing introspection, self awareness and self realization is, in my opinion, the most divine practice we have available. It is a profound practice of self love and it’s a gift to ourselves and the world is one that will keep on giving all during our lives and beyond. The quote below can tell us quite a bit about who we are, ask it and watch your mind and follow where it goes. Listen to the show (below), and let us know what you think.
If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? ~Stephen Levine
Live well and breathe,