Recently, I've been exploring the concept of minimalism and have become quite fond of The Minimalists. So fond, in fact, that I'm already a week ahead of myself in the minimalism game that they put out. However, this isn't about that. It's about the realization I came to when I felt like I was being attacked for my new found passion of getting rid of stuff to make room for the things that add value to my life.
The other night I found out that The Minimalists would be doing a talk close to where I live, so I invited a few people to come along. Granted, they are not as into minimalism as I am, but I love sharing new ideas with others, especially if I feel like those ideas could help improve peoples' lives.
After they declined the invitation, I felt like they were starting to tear into minimalism and my interest in it, so I tried to explain the concept as best as I could. I found myself getting upset and defensive, but then I remembered that people are only mirrors reflecting back at us.
This had nothing to do with them, they were simply reflecting back my own insecurities regarding this drastic change in my life. It was as if my ego was screaming, "What the hell have you been doing?!" I paused to take a moment to acknowledge my fear, feel it, and then I consciously made the decision to let it go. Within minutes, the whole energy around the situation had changed and I was back to my normal self. I didn't feel attacked anymore and my entire body felt so much lighter.
People are simply mirrors reflecting back at us. If there's someone you don't care for, ask yourself what it is that you don't like about them. Then, ask yourself, "Where do I do that same thing in my own life?" Once you've identified it, feel it and release it. The reason you don't like them is because you're seeing something within yourself that you don't like being mirrored back at you.
If you take the time to identify, feel and start releasing these things you'll notice that your spirit becomes lighter, your vibes run higher, and the things that used to bother you stop getting under your skin.