by: Jamie Rautenberg
Our society is built upon having relationships, with the emphasis on engaging with others, often before we fully understand or develop that engagement with ourself, our thoughts & true feelings. It’s really important to acknowledge this because the quality of the relationship we have with ourselves will directly affect the one we have with others- whether it’s with family, friendships, work or in romantic partnerships.
It’s not until we fully embrace ourselves without judgement that we can do the same with another. Without mastering this, we unconsciously place expectations on one another to fulfill our needs.
If/when these relationships don’t live up to what we’ve projected onto them, it can be a devastating to us. So, I’m inviting us to consider a new way of approaching them altogether. One that begins by learning to place that emphasis back on our own hearts, first & foremost.
This begins with detaching from the identities & roles we’ve created in relation to others, so we can fully remember & embrace ourselves. It’s the only way to create the authentic relationships we desire. Connection can only take place without compromising the honest & loving relationship we develop with ourselves.
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