Be willing to take complete responsibility for your own joy.
“Blaming is an addiction. Justifying ourselves can keep us lost in our stories for hours, days, and even years. Blaming puts the focus on the perceived faults of the other and lets us evade the necessity of directing our attention inward. Blame always separates, always disconnects. Overcoming addiction to blaming is an absolute prerequisite to experiencing the connectedness that is the essence of who we are.”
The solution to any challenge lies in taking personal responsibility. The ego will seek to hold on to resentment, perhaps tell the story to others (hoping to get support for the perceived wrong/judgment/interpretation) or replay the incident in the mind. The spiritual seeker seeks instead to end any altercation with kindness, compassion, love and forgiveness.
Mastery is taking complete responsibility for whatever unfolds in our experience as well as how we choose to respond. It calls upon us to return to grace again and again knowing that the practice is the journey. Decide to be the first to step out of the cycle of drama and blame and instead, become one who chooses to bring love and kindness to the present moment.
Today my intention is to sow seeds of love where there is hate, have compassion for others who are lost in dysfunction and be a light in the darkness.