It happened a few weeks ago.
"Oh, there I go again... I am sooooooo judgmental!" The word judgmental was articulated with three, slowly emphasized, syllables.
COMMENTING: "What kind of mental are you?"
We both laughed... and laughed... and laughed.
It now continues to be a daily source of amusement for the two of us, noticing how much we slip into our habitual negative (or even positive) perceptions of other people's
behaviours or choices... innocently attaching and interlocking people's -temporary doing- with their intrinsic -permanent being-.
the judgment just happens in the silent narrative in my head, but now on the occasions when it has been voiced out loud, and Rick has noticed, he has cheekily repeated his revelatory catch phrase... "And what kind of mental are you being?"
And then we both laugh again.
so far, I've mostly been in a lighthearted mood when he has said that, so it's been good for another chuckle. I'm not sure yet if I want to try this phrase out on him. I sense it could be dangerous. I will call that my inner wisdom. LOL!
I have lots to say about judgment.
been on my mind for a few years now. It's such a slippery and often invisible slope.
We voice our displeasure with someone else's behaviour. We truly believe we
are on the right side of things and they are clearly on the wrong side. It's obvious!
What we may not notice is...
tension being created within our own body
...the inevitable complexity and fluidity of the situation being reduced to right or wrong
...the behaviour-as-identity that we are ascribing to another human being's intrinsic
...and the subtle sense of our own worth being greater...
"How could they do that?!" "I would never do
that!" "Look at what they're doing!" "How dare they!" "They are so (put adjective here)!"
In contrast, there's a significant difference
between judgment and observation.
Judgment slams down the gavel... "YOU are guilty!"
Observation is curious to learn more.
Judgment definitively reduces the behaviour to
ONLY right or wrong, then works creatively, resourcefully, and diligently to defend its chosen side.
Observation considers the inherent
complexity and mystery... it senses that there's more going on than just what's being seen or perceived at the surface.
the in-that-moment, fragile, fearful, insecure ego.
Observation reflects the enduring, infinitely-available wisdom of the in-that-moment,
secure open heart.
Judgment creates separation.
Observation notices connection.
Observation starts discussions.
I began being
more keenly aware of my judgments for going on almost 9 years now.
It first happened when, in an instant, I had a profound shift of going from fear to love, and
experiencing the truth of what I refer to as "impersonal, unconditional love" as a foundational ground of being, no matter what appears on the surface...
...something I've been slowly (and sometimes painfully) learning how to navigate.
...something I've been learning how to manifest into my daily
lived experience of this one strange and miraculous life I've been given.
...something I've been learning how to take from a realized "knowing" into an unconditionally
observant "being"... gradually whittling away all my hidden judgmental protections that unknowingly obscure that ground of being.
can also be judgmental of myself, including my own slow progress at incorporating that knowing into being... and where the heck do you go with that? LOL! (I've noticed that self-compassion, humour, and humility are good places to go to, whenever I can.)
And so, these forays into judgment are now being accompanied by more awareness and clarity. At least for today anyway! After all, who knows
what "personal crazy" this human form will delight to gift me tomorrow?
For now, for today, for this moment, I think I'll just have
a little chuckle about ALL of it... gloriously judgment-free!
With Love and Laughter,
(Photo by Sora Shimazaki)