On this journey, we continue to peel away the layers to reveal the pearl in the dust bin
Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all (including ourselves!)
This step is about inquiry and willingness. It's the beginning of the best possible relationships with every human being we know...including ourselves. Thoroughly looking at our relationships brings a spirit of openness and truth. Which relationships have unfinished business and which relationships we have the illusion of control? With whom do resentments and jealousy pop-up? Sometimes making things right may mean letting go. Were we passive, emotionally distant, dishonest or enabling?
Step 8 is where we become fully present to our impact on others. It is an opportunity to take responsibility for our actions and align with the yogic principle of Ahimsa..non-harming to ourselves and others. The Golden Rule of karma reminds us to be kind and thoughtful. We can set an intention to approach our relationships differently in the present , so that we can let go of the past. We can willingly, with wisdom, show up with integrity, make amends, and move forward. Yoga and meditation allow us to pause and be still...come from a place of responding instead of reacting. It's the work of going within and getting clear...releasing the "junk" and allowing our truly magnificent light to shine!!