I wanted to share this post from my Facebook page. How do your perceptions of others cloud your judgement?
Here’s a plain and simple truth for your reflection time…
“When you judge another, you do not define them. You define yourself.” -Wayne Dyer
It’s true. Judgments are veiled ignorance. Ignorance is the misconception of the Truth. When you judge another, you are making assumptions based on your own preconceived notions, and that in turn is really just your own reflection. We often misjudge people because we don’t want to see the Truth of their being. Often, it’s too hard to admit we’re wrong, so we make up all these stories about that person, what they are thinking, doing, etc. In situations like this, I’ve found it’s more powerful to stop, give the other person the benefit of the doubt, and see the situation from another point of view.
I have been grossly misjudged many times in my life. Whenever the truth comes about I am at first relieved, but then also very sad. “How can this perception of me be their reality?” I think. Well, it can be because we all pick and choose what reality we want to see. And I am sure, I’ve misjudged others because I’m not perfect. But my practice is to acknowledge my imperfections. I grow because allow myself to make mistakes, be wrong, get messy and get up and do it all again.
I revisited a decision again today I once made long ago. I decided to stop letting other people’s judgement of me become my limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs are just that, limiting. We talked a lot about this during teacher training at Radiance Yoga this weekend. It was a powerful discussion about how our limiting beliefs keep us from maximizing our potential. That when we step outside of ourselves, we become that catalyst for change, not only for ourselves, but for others as well. I want to continue to be that catalyst.
So, go easy. Stop judging. Be nice. Take a deep breath. It’s okay to say “I’ sorry. I was wrong.” Get messy. Make mistakes. Grow. Become a catalyst for change. Maximize your potential. Start clearing up the veil of ignorance we are all under. Be unconcerned and of course, be receptive to the ultimate Truth present in all of us.
If you agree, share this post or tag a friend and let’s start living and being our authentic selves.