When things fall apart do you have people in your life that are willing to take a stand for you? When you see a family member or friend spiraling out of control are you willing to take a stand for them? It is not always easy to hear someone’s perception of what we look like in their eyes but many times it is important to listen. Not all of us have people in our lives who will compassionately share with us honestly and openly.
Sometimes we need an “intervention” when our behaviors may not be in alignment with our true nature. Many of us view interventions as just for addictions yet intervention also means to reduce suffering, ensure that one gets help, or even focus on good behavior versus poor behavior. When faced with this reality our reaction may be defensive and have us giving excuses for why we are behaving the way we are.
However, the practice of taking the seat of conscious witness or observer is seeing ourselves from the outside in. When we are stuck or in a state of crisis, many times we cannot see what we cannot see or what we do not want to see – we are blinded, with our head in the sand. That is when we need to be wiling to take a risk on each other’s behalf to help each other recognize when we need help.
Building authentic relationships of truth is essential for our growth and transformation. As a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, we are only as strong as the relationships we have.
“I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.” -Pietro Aretino