- Jennifer Hadley - https://jenniferhadley.com -

Turn the Other Cheek

We’ve all experienced having someone attack us in a way that seems completely unjustified. The temptation is to defend and/or retaliate.

What if instead of either of those choices were to see the attack as a cry for Love?

What if we extend compassion instead?

Of course, it won’t always [1] work to bring things back to harmony. Some people are intent on attack and they’re looking for a fight.

In the face of attack, if we offer compassion instead of a defense, we’ll feel better about ourselves – and there will be more Love in the world.

And that changes [2] the world.

I think that’s what Jesus meant when he advised us to turn the other cheek.

Offer a new face.

This is a deep practice.
It’s not for everyone.

I really truly am interested in living in a world where everyone feels loved and beloved [3]. The people who are most likely to attack are the ones who feel the most unlovable. They’re like a caged animal who has been beaten and can’t imagine feeling safe and secure.

I’m interested in doing what I can to turn the other cheek.

There have been times when I found it so difficult, but I did it anyway. I’ve never regretted it. Not once.

When we’re willing, Spirit goes before us and makes the way clear. We have to approach with humility [4] and a strong intention to see Love prevail. It’s not about being right. It’s about being the Love that we are.

This is how we heal ourselves and extend that healing [5] to the whole of humanity.

War is over if you want it.
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life, for us, if we choose it.

We are the dreamers of the dream.