“Thinking that people are supposed to do or be anything other than what they are, is like saying that the tree over there should be the sky. I investigated that and found freedom.” – Byron Katie
Yesterday I did a Byron Katie workshop. It was amazing.
The quote above reminds me, to be aware of times when I am trying to be something I am not. It also reminds me to be aware when I am believing that others should be anything other than who they are, or where they are in life.
Each of us has a unique time frame to grow, understand and discover our true purpose in life.
The sky cannot be a tree. The hummingbird does not need to worry who will grow or water the flowers; their only job is to drink the sweet nectar of the flower. The same rule applies to each of us.
Become aware of the deep belief system within you. Be who you are meant to be. Let others be who they are meant to be. See how this brings us freedom.
“The gentlest thing in the world is an open mind. Since it doesn’t believe what it thinks, it is flexible, porous, without opposition, without defense. Nothing has power over it. Nothing can resist it. Even the hardest thing in the world — a closed mind — can’t resist the power of openness. Ultimately the truth flows into it and through it, like water through rock.
It’s not your job to love me — it’s mine.” – Byron Katie
39 thoughts on “Loving what is….”
Yes me too! Byron Katie’s wisdom is life changing. Thankyou 💚
I feel the loving energy Karen! Such a simple message … Yet so tough to embrace and live 💛 Thanks for the reminder 🙏
It is tough and in the workshop yesterday it was hard for us all to confront this in our life. But once we got it, it released a heaviness in us all, about blame and searching for our answers in others. It’s really powerful! Thankyou Val 💜💜
It does seem to be an ingrained part of so many of us, especially in the western world. I’m glad the workshop inspired and revealed more on your journey Karen 💛
Great post. Such wisdom.
Thankyou Keith. 🙂
You’d think we each have enough of our own stuff to work on that we wouldn’t try to “work” on other also:).
Ha yes you would think!! But we don’t. And the reason? To avoid our own stuff and facing our responsibility. ❤️ Big lesson in life.
In a world that preaches CHANGE continually, that can be a hard path to follow for some, especially when one’s livelihood is affected. Still, I guess at the heart of who we are, we can be true to who we are. Provocative post Karen. ❤
It isn’t easy to grasp this lesson but as I practice this understanding, my life and my relationships are becoming free and easier. Thankyou Diana 💚
Lovely post, Karen. So glad you had a good workshop. I have always appreciated her. So down to earth with her wisdom. I love that quote about the gentlest thing in the world is an open mind. That totally resonates. Thank you.
Peace, open mindedness and loving what is
I agree Mary, if we can live with an open mind, anything is possible. Peace and love to you and to what is for us all 💜
Living with an open mind truly makes life easier and more pleasant.
It does, Thankyou Emilie 💚
Truly wisdom Karen 🙂
With an open mind we can do anything.
We can Irene and we are! 💚
I’m happy that the workshop inspired you
and you in turn can inspire me 🙂
Thankyou David, for always inspiring me. 🙏🏻
I think the expectations we put on others has much to do with our need to control people. I wonder if it all doesn’t also come out of a basic dissatisfaction with ourselves. A wise post, Karen. Thank you.
I agree Don, I have found that to be true in my own life. Each time I create more space within me, I find space in those around me. Thankyou 🙏🏻
I love what you say here Karen. The word, “space” is such a beautiful word in this context.
I tend to take pride in being open minded, but as I read this, I realize I’m not so open minded when it comes to the people closest to me. This is going to help me with that. The examples take my understanding to a new level.
That is exactly what the workshop taught me too Joanna. It made me stop and open up to see a different perspective. I am so glad you felt the same 💚
Deep Karen, deep.
It is! 😬
Such a beautiful post to read . Could resonate to every word of wisdom . Thanks for sharing .
Thankyou Fatma. I appreciate your comment. 🙏🏻
What a wonderful, simple message! And the workshop must have been wonderful….I’m a bit jealous, but in a good way 🙂
The workshop was so simple but very powerful. It was a great opportunity to learn. Thankyou Helen. 🙏🏻
Each day I take time to observe another’s uniqueness and how they are choosing to experience their life… Wonderful message Thankyou x barbara
Thankyou Barbara. It is a gift to see the world this way. 🙏🏻
Thankyou Emilie 🙏🏻
Wow that passage at the end touched me deeply Karen. The workshop sounded intriguing and inspiring.
It was Kath and for Michael too, who was the only man brave enough to go to the workshop ha!! It helped us both see, whatever we are lacking in life, is lacking within us, and it just shifts everything when we understand this truth. Thankyou 💚
Good on him he’s a keeper, like my man who now comes to yoga class with me, we are very lucky. Sounds like a wow factor of a workshop.
I think we were just ready to hear her wisdom! Love that you have a Yoga man. 🙏🏻