“If your turbulent emotions are coming from upsets in your relationships, look closely—are you accepting other people for who they are? Or are you withholding your love until they become who you want them to be? You always win by supporting other people in being who they are rather than who you want them to be. Usually, when you release your attachment to wanting people to be a certain way, they become more cooperative and loving.
Your most intimate relationships involve your greatest expectations and present your greatest challenges to being calm and centered. If your loved ones are upsetting you, ask yourself, ‘Why am I reacting this way? What pattern within me are they triggering? Does this situation remind me of something hurtful from the past? What am I learning from this turmoil?”
Sanaya Roman, in “Spiritual Growth”
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