How many times have you said or heard someone say, “I don’t mean to be judgmental but…” It’s often the precursor to an interpretation about someone else or a situation. Let’s face it: being non-judgmental isn’t easy. It’s human nature to process what another person says or does and label it as good or bad or right or wrong based on our own value system. We are trained throughout our lives to see things from one perspective—our own—and to label people’s actions, situations and circumstances through that lens. What if we readjusted our lenses to a new vision— a vision that has the clarity to see that every individual is on a personal journey, experiencing life exactly and perfectly for him/herself. This doesn’t mean we have to agree; it simply means that we acknowledge a person’s choices as his/her own, even if we would choose differently ourselves. Is it possible to be completely non-judgmental? I believe the mastery is in the journey. That moment of awareness when a thought of judgment enters your mind is a time for pause and reflection. Being aware of the thought will eventually lead to a new understanding, greater acceptance, and deeper love. Like anything we want to master, it takes practice. And the more we practice living beyond judgment the more we can open our hearts to others.
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