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Volume 7 Issue 2 ISSN# 1708-3265

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Being Mindful
Relationship with Self

by Janet Alston Jackson

Technology today has stepped inbetween our quiet one-to-one in person talks and texting or emails have taken the place of hearing a voice over the phone. There is nothing like personal contact to work through difficulties.

At the end of our lives what will be most important to us, is remembering those we have loved, and those who have loved us.

So in this fast-paced robotic world, it takes effort to reach out to others we care about with a phone call, a visit, or even a thought with love. But there is nothing more important in life than to take the time to connect and build those relationships with our children, our significant other, family members, co-workers, and with friends who support us.

However, the most important relationship in life is with ourselves. All relationships mirror what we feel inside - good or bad. The saying that 'People are either our lovers or teachers,' indicate that whatever we are going through with others simply is a reflection of our beliefs as well as attitudes about ourselves and life.

I once heard someone say, "Change your perception, you change your life, which includes your relationships." So, if you want better relationships, it's important to look at others the way you want others to see you, in a positive, understanding light. Instead of focusing on their flaws, focus on their assets.

We can't do this if we are not giving ourselves the benefit of the doubt as well.

With this in mind, it is important to forgive you. Be patient with you. Be kind and loving. Despite things not working out how you planned, or not reaching your goals financially or otherwise, it is important to know that you are still okay. You are a unique gift from the Universe to others. When this relationship with yourself is honoured, all others will come together as well.

Janet Alston Jackson is the author of "A Cry for Light: A Journey into Love," winner of the USA Book News Award for Christian Inspiration. Janet is a behavioural and personal growth consultant. She often teams with her husband Walter Jackson (author of "Sporting the Right Attitude"), facilitating effective communications trainings for better personal and professional relationships. The couple have been guests on numerous radio talk shows around the country, and have made appearances on public television. Visit their websites: Sporting the Right Attitude and JanetAJackson.com.

Be sure to read the reviews of her book in our September 2007 Issue.

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