Journeys Through Meditation

The Person Standing Next to You is You

“On the holy encounter – When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter.  As you see him you will see yourself.  As you treat him you will treat yourself.  As you think of him you will think of yourself.  Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.” – Meditations From A Course In Miracles

This meditation gave me a significant pause for reflection. I have heard similar words before but only spent seconds in this thought.

It is astonishing how easily we can mistreat others. For example, in my irritation, I tend to be mean, disrespectful, and rude to others. If someone were to treat me like that, I would feel hurt and angry and mistreat that person or someone else, a vicious cycle that never ends unless I stop it now.

When I began to view others as if I was seeing myself, I realized that all they really want is love and validation.

Working in the healthcare industry was a good fit because of my compassion and empathy for others. But unfortunately, I worked at a job with high-stress levels, which strained my mental and physical health. During my last year in the healthcare industry, I noticed my compassion dwindling. I still had it, but my patience was thin, and I became prone to meltdowns. I knew it was time to move on, even though I loved my employment and referred to my co-workers as my second family.

It was a tough decision, but it gave me a chance to reflect. An opportunity to heal my wounds, to become that compassionate person I once was, and to search for that inner peace and balance that I seek. Now, I strive to see everyone as if I were to see myself and reassure them of the love and validation I seek.

It’s a slow process, but I’m learning. I even apologized to my husband for an outburst that should not have happened. I also find myself conscious of the words that come from my mouth. This is a good thing!