Do You Judge?

Do You Judge?

“Today I shall judge nothing that occurs.
Non-judgement creates silence in your mind.”
The Course In Miracles

I’ve been listening to Deepak Chopra read his book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, on YouTube, and I decided to apply these laws to my life, one law per month.

The first one is the Law of Pure Potentiality. Pure Potentiality is pure consciousness, our true nature; who we really are. There are several exercises you can do to access this law; silence, meditation, communing with nature and non-judgment. I was intrigued.

We are approaching the end of the month so I thought I would practice some of them and then begin in earnest next month. Since I already had a start on silence, meditation and communing with nature I decided to begin practicing non-judgment.

Non-judgment means not forming an opinion, good or bad, about anything. Chopra says, “When you are constantly evaluating, classifying, labeling, analyzing, this creates a lot of turbulence in your internal dialogue and when you create turbulence in your internal dialogue you restrict the flow of energy between you and the field of pure potentiality….and infinite creativity.”

Non-judgment. I thought I’d try it for an hour. How hard could it be?

I was heading out the door to go into town and as I approached my car I noticed the sunroof and all the windows on the car had been left open. Why had someone left the sunroof and all the windows open?

Shoot! I’d have to start over again.

I will judge nothing that occurs for the next hour.

I drove down the road to the construction bridge that reduced the highway to one lane. I waited at the light and when it changed I waited while the cars slowly lumbered over the unpaved approach to the bridge. Why are they driving so slowly? Our trips to town are going to take considerably longer if everyone drives like this!

I will judge nothing that occurs for the next hour.

I got all the way to town and then turned down a neighbourhood street where there was a house under construction.  It was at the end of a sharp curve in the road where traffic approached it head-on before making the turn. Why would anyone risk building a house there? Not only was there a possibility of accidents but the energy there would not be good!

I will judge nothing that occurs for the next hour.

This neighbourhood is pretty. Augh! Even if it’s a positive evaluation it’s still a judgment.

Who made me Judge of All that Is? [Eeep! That was self-judgment!]

This was eye-opening for me because all these thoughts felt like complaints but I realized that you couldn’t complain about something if you hadn’t first judged it.

This was going to be harder than I thought. But that was not going to stop me.

Do you judge? How did you stop yourself from judging?

Photo credit: Wendy Longo

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About The Author

I have always loved writing and community building. I’ve written a book about healing and happiness, The Happy Place, as well as a Community Building book, Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age,both available at any Amazon store. I’ve been through life changes that I thought were the end of my world, but I’m still here. You never know what will happen next. Isn’t that what makes life interesting?