Monday, October 23, 2006

MEDITATION: October 23, 2006

It’s a well-accepted axiom that people who lack judgment are to be pitied, but I’m not so sure. It may well be that I should actually foster a lack of judgment in myself – a lack of the habit of forming an opinion about things. Perhaps that habit – one that has been tightening its grip on mefor decades – causes more problems than it solves. If I could stop passing judgment on everything in my life, perhaps I could relax and simply accept whatever comes my way. Of course, this will be a difficult change for me to make, for I have been trained since my earliest days to judge every small and large moment of my life. All of society wants me to live by constantly handing down rulings: Is this right or wrong, good or bad, helpful or harmful? It now seems perfectly natural to live that way because everyone apparently does it, and there seems to be no other way. However, there definitely is another way, and it’s a way that’s been followed by all happily peaceful people since time began. It’s the way of acceptance, non-resistance, resignation, acquiescence, and surrender. People follow that path when they realize that they are part of a force that’s immense and harmonious, and that judging the goodness or badness of any aspect of this force is utter insanity. It’s like a breeze judging the vast patterns of the winds. Instead of giving opinions about each moment in life, I should settle back and observe the wonderful show. I should lack judgment and be rich with contentment.

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