How long can you live without judgement? My guess is not very long…..maybe a minute or two. Our patterns of judgement are so deeply ingrained it is very difficult to suspend judgement for even a short period of time. We are constantly assessing things as right, wrong, good, bad, positive, negative, happy, sad, ect. We label everything and everyone. And when we put a label on a thing, we make the false assumption we know all that is worth knowing about it. And the true experience of it is lost.
We are so quick with judgement, we miss opportunities to experience things we might truly enjoy and find very fulfilling. This constant judging keeps us seperate from others and blocks our ability to experience unity.
Our spiritual teachings admonish us to “Judge not.” Usually we interpret this to mean we should not judge one another. But this is only one aspect of the teaching and does not encompass the full meaning of “Judge not.” Our constant judgment keeps us from fully enjoying all there is.
Jesus said; “…..except ye become as little children ye shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” So what are the qualities of little children that we need to emulate? Children are open and accepting and give love freely. They have no expectations. They are free to play and feel enchanted by life. They have no hidden agendas. They are innocent and guiltless. They embrace opportinities to explore, to feel and to learn. They are totally immersed in the present moment without thought of past or future. Their lives are of the here and now. And they allow what’s going to happen to happen. In essence, they live without judgment.
As adults we loose those childlike qualities and many opportunities for growth and pure enjoyment just pass us by. We loose the ability to play with life and thoroughly immerse ourselves in the present moment. Our constant judgement happens so automatically we are not consciously aware of it. So, try this exeriment. See if you can go five minutes without judgement. Don’t set yourself up for failure by trying for an extended period of time, but practice non-judgement for five minutes each day. One way to do this is to go out into nature and immerse yourself in the experience without labelling everything you see. Just observe and feel the energy. Once you have mastered five minutes, lengthen the time to ten minutes, twenty minutes and so on. Your life will be enhanced as you practice non-judgment. Learn to observe. Hold your judgment. Let life happen. Be open. Play.
For now, Earlynn’s just sayin’; “You’ll see non-judgment brings with it a sense of inner peace, a sense of joy and wonderment with all that is.”
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