Sitting with an acquaintance recently, this line came up over and over again. My friend was convinced of his point of view, and certainly I was of mine.
Who is right and who is wrong? There can’t be a right or a wrong. He was speaking with great conviction about his beliefs, just as I was sharing what I thought was right and true from my beliefs. In an attempt to salvage some connection, we kept coming back to , “let’s agree to disagree.”
There are times when you can sit with this old standby to keep the peace but it doesn’t always work.
With so much disagreement how can you experience peace? You can only discount what you feel and what you believe to a point.
No simple answers here. We see the world not as it is but as we are.
My reality is only my reality. My friend’s reality is his.
Peace is not possible with so much internal discord. Sometimes we have to wish others well and move on.
At the end of the day you have to be able to live with yourself.
If you’re constantly compromising your beliefs, there is no peace.
Does your definition of lying include “omission”? Isn’t hiding, or not being up front about something just lying?
It’s an easy trap to fall into; telling little white lies, avoiding conversations, skirting the issues. It’s so much simpler to avoid some subjects, isn’t it? You may even believe your lies are helping to “keep the peace.”
In the short term, sure it’s easier. But at the end of the day we all have to be able to live with ourselves.
If you lie to others, that means you’re also lying to yourself.
It’s hard enough to trust other people, but what if you can’t even trust yourself?
Lies weaken you from the inside out.
Life will hand you many challenges, and getting through them will require unshakeable faith in yourself. Don’t weaken your faith, or break your own trust.
A committed daily practice of yoga and meditation wakes you up to your true behaviours. The distance between how you want to be acting and your actual behaviour becomes very uncomfortable.
The practice will help you make minute adjustments so it’s easier to stay on course in the long run. Don’t be afraid to look, don’t be afraid to change, and don’t be afraid to apologize.
Stay on the path.