It can be so easy to judge others. It is so easy to project our own reality into the lives of others….especially when it comes to those who think, look, speak or feel differently than we do.
Today, realize and respect the fact that we are all on our own journey and that we are all in different places on that journey.
Whether you are at work, in school, taking a yoga class or simply walking down the street, notice how often you look at someone else and judge them for being different than you. Notice how easily you project your stereotypes on them based on your own experiences in life…based on what you’ve learned…based on what others have told you. Notice how quickly you decide who they are, who they are not and who they ought to be.
Then stop. Stop and realize that you know nothing of their reality. Realize you know nothing of what they’ve been through, what they’re going through or what they’ve survived. Realize that you only know one thing: You know that this is a fellow human being with thoughts and feelings and loves and losses…just like you.
Take a step back and notice how we are all connected…how we all breathe the same air and walk the same paths. Soak in that feeling of being human and sharing this planet with so many other living creatures that you know nothing about.
Now…turn your focus inward. Notice your own breath. Notice your own heart. Feel it open to love and kindness and compassion. Feel yourself connect with the world around you. Feel the smile of a child you’ve never met…the tender touch of an elderly man or woman with years of wisdom shining in their eyes…the silent tears of someone in need…the bubbling laughter of a joyous moment…the gentle hug of a loved one.
Look inside yourself. Notice how you judge. Not just others…notice how you judge yourself.
Now…turn your focus outward once again. Notice the breath of others. Notice their hearts. Feel them open to love and kindness and compassion. Feel the world around you connected to YOU. See your childlike smile…your wisdom…your tears…your laughter…your hug.
We are all connected. We are all one. We are all humans who share this planet. There is no need to judge. We are all on a journey…and we are all in different places on that journey. Let love and understanding guide you today and always…
(and everyone here at Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa)