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"When we strip back the layers of the human experience, we find underneath scared little boys and girls wondering “What the fuck is life about?” “Why am I here?” and a massive vulnerability that is within us all. When we are in a fighting mode; fighting about race, religion or politics, we don’t have time or space to be vulnerable. We don’t have time or space to do the inner work that creates massive spiritual growth."
Judgement. We all do it.
We judge others for their appearance, religion, beliefs, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, wealth or otherwise, social status, their ability to hold an advanced yoga asana with a smile on their face. I’m sure someone is judging this blog as something that they could write better. Good for you.
Some part of us enjoys the judgement. It gives us a frame of reference for the world, it helps us figure out our place in the world, it gives us a sense of freedom of speech to judge others, we have a belief that it’s our right to judge others.
So we do.
We elevate ourselves above other people to make our ego feel good. We justify the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody as an Aboriginal issue. We justify the bullying and mistreatment of the Trans- community as “they’re just different”. We justify the exclusion of 1.3 million Muslims as terrorists as “protecting the community”. We justify. We justify. We justify.
So, how is that working out for us?
Given the current political racial tensions in Australia, US and parts of Europe, I’d say it’s not working out well at all.
Recently I started my yoga teacher training with an incredible organisation. They produce teachers of high quality and expertise. I have found myself in a little judgement bubble where I feel judged by my peers about my asana and where I notice myself judging both my peers and tutors for a lack of connection to devotional yogic practice. I acknowledge this in me and that it’s my issue. I know that this judgment is the tricky ego, trying to create separation between me and my peers. I haven’t cleared it yet. It is still there. But now I can acknowledge it so when it comes up, I can be the witness.
Looking at a global perspective, here in Australia we are seeing massive racism and divisive opinions about race and particularly around Muslims in our communities. It is not helpful to a cohesive society and in-fact can be destructive and violent against “minority” groups (even though 1 in 7 human beings on Earth identifies as Muslim).
Regardless of the issue, my interest is in what is driving this divisiveness. Of course there are political agendas at play here, but underneath it all, in each individual, what is the payoff for judgement, for having a fiercely-held position. What is that position hiding? What is it protecting? Why do we feel that we have to have an opinion or a stance on something?
When we strip back the layers of the human experience, we find underneath scared little boys and girls wondering “What the fuck is life about?” “Why am I here?” and a massive vulnerability that is within us all. When we are in a fighting mode; fighting about race, religion or politics, we don’t have time or space to be vulnerable. We don’t have time or space to do the inner work that creates massive spiritual growth.
But who am I to judge? Like my girlfriend and wise mentor Shely from Expanding Realities reminded me, it really is none of my business at what point people are on their spiritual journey “Let it go…it’s not your job to change them. Or feed it with your focus.” She suggested that I could “Bless em…move on…you’re giving your energy away…” and she’s right. Every time we judge, we take our energy away from ourselves and out to an external issue, person or an opinion we come outside of ourselves for some sense of self. We lose our balance and as a result, lose ourselves. See one of my recent videos about this here or below.
Loving Donald Trump or Pauline Hanson and their supporters would have to be one of the most difficult things to do for me, so when I find myself in frustration, I have this affirmation: “Inhale love, exhale compassion,” whenever I see hate or violence on the newsfeed. I connect to the source and breathe up the love from the Earth to my heart and exhale it out into the world as compassion. If I can do this for global events that trigger a reaction, I surely can do it for my judging mind in my yoga training. Judgement is a friend of the ego and I would rather be led by love than by the ego mind.
©Alyssa Curtayne, 2016
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