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    On Mar 13, 2012 Mira wrote:

    This reading reminds me of a transformative moment of my own a few months ago.  My relations with my mother had been strained to almost absent for the 7 years before that.  Every time I interacted with her, I found myself building a protective wall around myself, protection from the anger, hurt and pain I felt from her.  One day, at her mom's home for her birthday, she started screaming at me, literally four inches from my face.  My wall threw that emotion back at her, until, in a moment's notice, the wall melted and I met her anger with compassion.  Instead of resisting and reflecting the anger, I allowed it to flow through me while sending back as much love and compassion I could must in that moment.  Allowing it to flow past me, her anger did not touch me.  Filling myself with love removed the sting of the experience.  It changed everything for me.  And coincidence or not, today, my mother and I are on speaking terms, slowing giving space to build a new relationship.

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