In playing the role of a parent, a caregiver, a supportive friend, a healer, a mentor and the like, one of the most delicate balances to achieve is that between ‘being’ and ‘doing’. The meaning of these oft used spiritual phrases are likely best understood through personal experience.
Theory cannot restrain the empathy or impulse to reach out actively to the ones we care for. Nor can we be blind or deaf to the sometimes stated and at other times silent cries for help. The teachings do not draw clear boundaries demarcating, “Here, it is best you step in. Here, it is best you wait it out.”
Byron Katie’s sound advice to “Mind your own business” will make complete sense at times. And at other times, the Dalai Lama’s words, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.” will make one wonder…
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