I have a question from the lecture "Liberation fro suffering"
When cultivating Bodhichitta and working to deny myself I am often left feeling used / hurt / taken advantage of / drained of energy etc in relationships with fellow humans who I know are acting out of their ego.
These are great opportunities to meditate and dissolve the ego but should I still be trying to please and serve my fellow humans when I know they are acting out of their ego and selfishly hurting me or can I defend myself against them? If so how can I do this?
I want to serve people but at times I feel they just take and take and take and its also not helping them to understand that their is also a spark of divinity within me as there is in them.
Thank you =)