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The Ripple of Our Relationships – Simple Mindful Exercises

Hello, Spiritual Warrior! Welcome to this week’s edition of The Source. Let’s explore the Sacred Powers in the context of our relationships.

Exploring the Sacred Power of Your Ripple is a profound exercise when you think about how many diverse relationships you have in your life. And whether you are close with someone, never speak with them, or have a challenging relationship, you are holding on to mental and emotional energy regarding the current status of the connection.

The starting point for all ripples is the relationship you have with yourself.

  • How do you treat yourself?
  • How’s your sense of self-worth?
  • Are you arrogant, condescending, and mean to yourself?
  • Or loving, forgiving, nurturing, and compassionate?
  • Do you flow unconditional love?
  • Or are you in constant comparison mode?
  • Where do you really stand in your mind’s eye?

The answers are the seeds of every single ripple in your life.

As you expand the circle beyond yourself, ask, “Who’s in my front row?” Essentially, who are your die-hard supporters, your cheerleaders, and your champions? Those are the relationships you should be placing the most attention on.

But are you? When you stumble, who is rooting for you to get back up? Are there people in your front row who don’t belong there? Do you rationalize that because someone is a relative of yours, you are willing to compromise your self-worth?

Are there people in your circle of friends or relatives who just seem to be taking up space, blocking new champions from taking their seats in your front row?

We let people into our heads that we would never invite into our homes. And yet there they are, sitting firmly on their hands in the best seats in the house, when everyone else in the theater is on their feet and applauding you.

Close your eyes with your hand on your heart, and widen the circle even farther to include everyone you can think of and envision them filling seats in the theater of your life. Then write in your journal what flows to you:

  • Who’s in your front row? The second row? The next row?
  • Are there people taking up space who probably could be moved back a few rows to make room for someone else?
  • Are there those who probably should be moved to another theater?
  • Are there people rooting for you that you haven’t made space for?

Now envision what your ideal theater looks like. Envision your view from the stage, where every face you see is cheering, rooting for you, and on your side.

5 thoughts on “The Ripple of Our Relationships – Simple Mindful Exercises”

  1. Thank you, David.

    I got hung up immediately on “. . are you in constant comparison mode?” I’ve changed many aspects of who I am but that one is still hanging on. I was aware of the comparisons I make but seeing those words really brought it home. Give me time, though, and I will kick this one to the curb, too. The first kick starts today.

    Again, thank you.

  2. I’m several chapters into reading Sacred Powers. I’ve noticed several times you’ve used the construct “The reality is…” Each time I hear this, what inevitably follows is a statement that harkens back to the Newtonian science of a solid universe governed by the unbending laws of physics. Contrast that with the Quantum view where things are more malleable to human thoughts and imagination which, of course, I like better. Still, as I direct my thoughts toward outcomes more to my liking, I oftentimes get smacked upside the head by Newton’s world that just laughs at my foolishness. Since you know all of this, I figure that in your book you must be purposely walking that razor’s edge between the two worlds of a solid “The reality is” world, and Mike Dooley’s “Thoughts become things.” Is that what you’re doing? Many thanks for you’re generosity in all you are doing. Bob.

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