Judgment and Love

let go of judgment

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

~ Mother Theresa

No matter how much many of us think we ‘shouldn’t’ judge, we are so conditioned to do so that without increasing our self-awareness, we will not only judge one another but we will continually judge ourselves and even our judgments.

When we judge others in a way of either good and bad, or right and wrong, we are essentially setting ourselves up as moral arbiters, claiming we know what the world is supposed to be like. How ridiculous and presumptive! But the impact is even more damaging.

Judging inflates our egos and makes us feel self righteous, and in doing so, it condemns others. This is the flame that fuels discrimination, conflict and violence in society today.

Mother Theresa’s simple words remind us how judging keeps us separate from others, and closes our hearts.

It’s time to let judgments go and make time for understanding and love.

Namaste

 

Inspiration – Heart Like a River

 

immense riverIf you pour a handful of salt into a cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable. But if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to draw the water to cook, wash, and drink.

The river is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace, and transform.

When our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited. We can’t accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings, and we demand that they change. In this state, we suffer.

But when our hearts expand, these same things don’t make us suffer anymore. We have a lot of understanding and compassion and can embrace others and their shortcomings.

We accept others as they are, and then they have a chance to transform… in their own way and in their own time.

Our heart is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace, and transform.

Understanding Beyond Doctrine

beyond doctrine

source: wisdomuniversity.org

“Doctrines, scriptures, sutras, essays, are not to be regarded as systems to be followed.
They merely contribute to understanding. They should be for us a source of stimulation, and nothing more…
Adopted, rather than used as a stimulus, they are a hindrance.”

~ Wei Wu Wei
I like this approach to doctrines and beliefs. Surely the world needs more people to find their own way to understanding, rather than following one particular belief system.
It seems all too easy for “followers” to become fearful and closed to the unknown or other’s beliefs. Disciples bring division in the world by creating “us” and “them”.
Adopting a particular belief or point of view, may keep us on a particular path, but is limiting to our potential as human beings.
This is a time for openness and growth. Let us be curious about all doctrines. Let them stimulate and enrich our lives, rather than hinder them.

When There’s a Shortage of Love

peace

“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do”.

Hermann Hesse (author of Siddhartha)

Let us bring more love, compassion and understanding into the world.

Je ne suis pas Charlie. Je suis Paix.

Namaste