We yell back because someone has yelled at
us, we overreact because a friend has displayed some jealousy or has not agreed
with us, we give in to mob mind-set without stopping to think what the problem
is all about and what we can do to right the situation.
I am sure at this moment;
some such incident is being replayed in your mind!
If only we look further, we will understand
that people are acting the way they do because of a strong sense of ego,
insecurity or fear, or simply because they are not balanced. Or maybe they have
had a rough day.
When we are at the receiving end in crossfire,
one of the first things to do is to assume an attitude of ‘sakshi
bhav’, i.e., the approach of a witness who is simply an onlooker
and not get drawn into the exchange. Once that is done, any outburst angry or
vicious will just wash out and better sense will prevail on the person while
you, the witness, would not have worsened the tension. Remember being calm is
our true nature.
The next thing to do is to study the deeper hints
beneath a certain kind of behavior or reaction. Once we know where it is all
coming from, we get a better outlook and understanding.
There is always a lot happening at the
surface which is very transient. A look beyond is what gives us true insight
and enables a more intelligent response. This is true when we are responding to
negative emotions. All our scriptures tell us that emotions like anger, envy,
jealousy, lust and ego are our enemies. They come in the way of self-realization
and damage relationships. The cleverest thing to do when there is negativity in
the air is not to add to it. Responding from a position of love or if that is
difficult, neutrality, will also serve a greater purpose. You might even be
amused once you get to the bottom of things.
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