Wednesday, June 13, 2012

oneness and completeness

a quick thought my friend shared with me:

so i've written before that the jewish understanding of marriage is that two individuals who each have a half a soul, come together to unite that soul and really they are like one person...

so here's the thought: when our other half is doing something we are not pleased with or that we look down upon, instead of criticizing and judging, we can look at it as our own personal lacking, and therefore we can on our pick up the slack and work on that area ourselves, therefore completing who we are as a total person... the hebrew word is to be 'mashleem', to complete...

sometimes an easier way of doing this is the old 'putting ourselves in somebody else's shoes'... but if we do this genuinely and really picture how we would feel/ want to be treated in that situation, we can often gain tremendous compassion and insights to move forward with... and it could be just what we need to judge favorably and be motivated to work on that area of growth ourselves, on their behalf...

a tricky concept, but i thought it was worth a quick mention... questions welcome...

toda

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