Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Respect for Others

Charles West Mindfulness Group
2nd and 4th Friday of the Month
Club/Recreation Room, Floor 31
1:00pm sharp - 3:00pm
Facilitator: Alainnah Robertson

Friday June 22

Meditation
We began with twenty minutes meditation. Loretta shared with us the lovely imagery her mind had thrown up for her, when she entered her Place of Peace

Discussion
Respect is one of the most important building blocks in any relationship. Repect is a pattern of behaviour that is found in healthy relationships. You have to give respect in order to get it, and it is something that everyone deserves. People who respect each other, trust and support each other and value each other's independence.

Questions
1. Do we repect the other person's self-responsibility for their opinions?
    Do we say I think this, not everyone thinks this? Do we speak only for ourselves?
2. Do we respect differences of opinion, perspectives, and feelings?
    Do we allow others to be different from us?
3. Do we respect the independence of others?
    Do we do anything for another person, without first asking if they want us to do it?
4. Do we respect the feelings of others?
    Do we ask the other person what they are feeling, without assuming?
5. Do we respect the actions of others, or do we say, "You should have ..."?
    Do we rather ask, "Why did you do that? I might learn from you?"
6. Do we respect the autonomy of others?
    Do we know that to initiate change in any situation, we must, and can only, change ourselves?

We spent our afternoon discussing these questions, and sharing with each other from our own perspectives and experiences. We are finding our sessions are making us all think more deeply about our own relationships, and those of others.

Homework
Our homework was to apply the ideas from today's session to our own lives.

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