Notes From The Awareness: 184

Someone else’s misfortune is not our gain.

Please discuss. How does this play out in life?

I’ll start us out. We’ve all had them, people with whom we’re in opposition, whom we may even see as adversaries. We have differing opinions and goals which are often mutually exclusive. We tend to think of these scenarios as win/loss: in order for one party to succeed, the other must fail.

Our polarized view of these individuals and situations is bolstered by separation consciousness, the endemic mindset of third-dimensional life, in which we believe we are separate from the divine and from each, flawed and broken. We see our world as dangerous and others as unreliable and not to be trusted. This leads us to be both fearful and competitive.

Today’s message reminds me that life isn’t about winning or losing, it is about being joyful right now where I’m at, and being grateful for what I have. I don’t need to compare myself to or compete with others to be happy, in fact I’m less likely to enjoy life if I do so. If I’m not focused on adversarial interactions, I’m more able to be happy in the moment. Awareness of interconnection fosters joy.

How about you? How do you handle oppositional situations?