Blog Post: Don't be offended, be aware.
When you live at or below ordinary levels of awareness, you spend a great deal of time and energy finding opportunities to be offended. A news report, a political comment, someone protesting, a comedian telling a joke, a black cloud, heck it seems people are offended by the sunshine these days. If you look you can be offended by anything. Become a person who refuses to be offended by any one, any thing, or any set of circumstances.
If you have enough faith in your own beliefs, you'll find that it's impossible to be offended by the beliefs and conduct of others. If you're secure in who you are what others believe or do won't offend you, you don't have to like them but are you really offended?
Not being offended is a way of saying, "I have control over how I'm going to feel, and I choose to feel peaceful regardless of what I observe going on." When you feel offended, you're practicing judgment. You judge someone else to be stupid, insensitive, rude, arrogant, inconsiderate, or foolish, and then you find yourself upset and offended by their conduct. What you may not realize is that when you judge another person, you do not define them. You define yourself as someone who needs to judge others. Unless it directly effects you or someone in your life it shouldn't matter.
You be yourself, believe what you believe, know that other people have other beliefs and move along. Why be offended? It's a waste of energy, energy that should be used loving, showing compassion, lifting people up and living in Peace.
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