Divine interconnection doesn’t preclude healthy boundaries.

Please reflect and share. How does this play out for you?

Folks on the spiritual path often work toward perceiving the unity in all life, in looking past perceptual divisions to understand that we’re all entwined in the web of Creation. The resulting sense of divine union is uplifting and freeing, taking us out of the often seeming ugliness of everyday life. We feel loving and loved, joyful in our dance with life.

And yet sometimes our interactions with others seem to belie this divine truth. Others’ behavior may feel disrespectful, they may ask for more than we wish to give, or they may ignore our needs in favor of their own. How do we handle these encounters in a way that still honors divine interconnection?

The answer is to promote healthy interactions—healthy for them, healthy for us. If both parties’ best interests aren’t in some way served, it’s advisable to shift the nature of the interplay. Sometimes this may require ground rules and limits, albeit calm and gentle ones.

Today’s message reminds me that I’m accountable for my interactions with others, in what I do and say and in what I permit. If I don’t care for what occurs, I can choose otherwise. I can change my reactions, reframe my perceptions, manage my encounters differently, or disengage from some. I own the responsibility for having my interactions with the world reflect divine interconnection.

How about you? How do you feel about personal boundaries?