Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Stuff and Nonsense

I haven't been reading (or writing... obviously!) much at all lately.  This is unusual for me, and is something I hope to correct soon.  In recent months, my reading has focused on the practices and philosophies of Yoga.  My interest in the discipline is recent, but I must admit that I am fascinated.  Never have I so instantly seen truth in a set of beliefs and principles.  It is absolutely amazing.

As often occurs, a recent reading yielded some wonderful nuggets for consideration, and some powerful thoughts for deeper reflection.  The article in the October issue of The Yoga Journal, titled "Branching Out" was written by Sally Kempton.  It explores the complex nature of family relationships and offers significant insight into living with the many dynamics involved.  I encourage you to seek it out.  Even though the article has absolutely nothing to do with gender issues, it addresses a key area of stress and difficulty for many of us in the gender variant community: family.

The article offers some real wisdom for turning family relationships into positive experiences, or at least into situations that do not create negative energy in your life.  One statement stood out that I would like to share.  "If the meaning of your relationships... is to learn, then no encounter is ever negative."  I love that thought.  I have often suggested that everyone has something to teach me, and what a wonderful way to create a positive out of a potential negative.  Remember - in every situation, there is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Peace out, sisters!

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