A friend of mine recently shared with me something I consider so profound, and to be quite honest, a hard pill for me to swallow. She said, "Overextending our self emotionally can be the pattern of victimization." It made me realize my attitude has been: I give all of heart, energy, time and I don't get what I deserve back. She challenged me to understand why I feel it's my responsibility to hold other people's energy and emotions. It's been a recurring theme in my life that has been the cause of so many codependent relationships. "Our relationships teach us what mastery we need within ourselves. They are the greatest catalyst and greatest birthing place of our expansion.

-written by Jaclyn Alvarez

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