Today, I had the pleasure of connecting with a friend that when we last met; we disagreed and kind of “fell off” chatting with one another. During this time, I did a lot of reflection and study (Svadhyaya) and came to understand that because a person doesn’t see eye to eye with me; doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t ‘see me’. I think this concept is a powerful one; it’s not about allowing ourselves to ‘agree to disagree’ and all those other cliches; but instead that often times we take a difference of opinion as a slight, when in reality; we aren’t appreciating the autonomy and authenticity the person is sharing with us. A person with whom we have a misunderstanding with, is daring to be authentic with us. They are practicing Satya, and we should be practicing Ahimsa (in thought & action of course!) and the other yamas that are applicable to each situation. When we relinquish the need for control, we free ourselves to growth, compassion and understanding. As it has been said, “…all misunderstandings result from our own failure to see that someone is not at the same level of awareness as we are…”. When we begin to practice the 8 limbs of yoga, and reach out for understanding and respecting the person who trusts us enough to be authentic in our presence; we open ourselves up to new levels of growth both internally and within our relationships.