Quote Of The Day:
“The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you.”
― Roy T. Bennett
Turning Your Judgements Into A Point Of Power
How aware are you of judgments that you are making?
Judgment about your environment, what someone may be thinking about you, potential – and at this point completely imagined – confrontations, and also little things like what you see from by taking a quick glance, or what you thought you heard as you walked by people engrossed in conversation.
All of these things – these judgments – affect our days greatly but are often completely untrue or at least somewhat obscured by our moods, our physical ability to hear, our ingrained biases, and beliefs.
Mindful awareness, on the other hand, allows you to first become aware of any judgments you are making, and second to examine them carefully to evaluate their truth at any given moment.
For example, loud neighbors are annoying you; as you become aware of that annoyance you can also notice that you are making judgments about those neighbors, thinking that they are ungrateful or bad-mannered. However, as you listen to your own responses, and stop to breathe, you may recognize the laughter of children within that noise. You may recognize the fact that you have never actually told them that running through their home makes a lot of noise in your apartment. You may also recognize that you are not actually angry at them, but at some other disturbance beforehand, and they are just the ones you are focusing on right now.
No matter which one of these truths or any others, you may find when examining your thoughts, the awareness of your thought-response to any outside action can allow you to take a different approach – even if that means taking action, rather than sitting and listening to what has disturbed you in the first place.
Becoming aware of sudden judgments that you may be making throughout the day, gives you a point of power, a place where you can turn an instantaneous maybe even potentially negative reaction into one that puts you control.