Seeds XIV, 30
Influential American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader Howard Thurman wrote, “It is very easy to sit in judgment on the behavior of others, but often difficult to realize that every judgment is a self-judgment.”
Judgment is one of the bugaboos of the spiritual life. Spiritual teachers the world over mark a difference between judgment and discernment. Our Western educational system spends decades teaching us how to judge. Other words: deem, measure, figure out, adjudicate, quantify.
When all judgments are self-judgments though that changes the practice, doesn’t it? The thing is, we don’t see in others what we don’t have in ourselves, or, put in the positive, we only see in others what we have in ourselves.
If I think someone is being stingy, for example, the fastest place to heal that is not in that someone. Nope, it’s in me. Where is the stingy in me? The next time you catch yourself judging another, stop and find the self-judgment in the core of your being. Forgive yourself, let it go, and move on.
Dr. Susan Corso
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