I had a excellent learning opportunity in the art of “observing without judgement”. Where did I choose to engage in this learning? My yoga class, of all places. While I set an intention to be present and the word of the day was “community”. The yogi next to me became my greater teacher in acceptance of my community & a true opportunity to test my “presence” in myself. So you are thinking what the heck could have been so engrossing and distracting from my practice in a peaceful, silent room, of communal breathing? Well there was a lot of moaning, groaning, sighing, ouching, that never really seemed to subside, at times taking on almost a sexual nature, then changing to clear an obvious sounds of discomfort & pain. So my initial distraction & judgement was for the welfare of this poor soul who seemed to be about to possibly incur a MI. But, that was not the case, this was simply her practice. My next impulse was to judge with a label of what seemed to be “attention seeking behavior:. I stopped that thought…how dare I do this in the temple of my spiritual hour with myself…., so right there and then the next impulse was my own voice, “Sherrice, stop, observe without judgment, practice your own presence.” OK.. I get the message, “focus inward and the world will change”. Results..Interesting, I did not hear another thing through the class other than my own breathing. HMMM, so by letting the thoughts go, my need to judge, and to focus on the flow of my own presence I was literally able to release the judgement and even cease observing the situation.
So, what are you currently observing & judging that is outside of your own practice, life, school, or community?
What would happen if you just observed and chose not to attach a feeling, thought or judgement to the situation?
Who would you be without the story & judgement of this situation?
Changing your thoughts and softening to a place of “silent observer” is a practice. You will not wake up one day and stop labeling, judging or having opinions. The challenge lies within the focus & flow of the thoughts. Let the thoughts flow through you, not judging yourself for having the thoughts, just accepting, noticing and letting them go.
Focus inward and your world will change! Namaste