“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa
A few days ago, I took a walk in the park with my neighbor friend, and we had a conversation about judgment and how people who wear masks judge the ones who don’t, and vise versa.
Then we spoke about politics. My neighbor shared with me that she had a heated conversation with a friend who is on the opposite side of her politically, and when she texted this friend a few days later, he did not respond and sent signals that their friendship is over.
Whether you judge yourself or judge others, you probably know that judgment can quickly escalate into resentment and even hatred. And yet, it seems to become harder and harder to not judge.
Yes, it’s human nature to judge ourselves and others. So, let’s shift our focus to a practice that can help us be kinder to ourselves and others, a practice that naturally cures judgment.
The practice of compassion.
There is a lot of pain and suffering around us. We hurt. We fear. We worry. We go through ups and downs.
We need to create pockets of compassion, love, and kindness in an insane world.
We need to learn how to be open to whatever we’re feeling, and at the same time, not let it control us.
Anger, sadness, fear, and grief – are all normal emotions, especially at a time like this, unless we let them control us.
A few days ago, I hosted a virtual gathering of Guided Compassion Meditation. I would like to share this vital practice with you and invite you to free up 20 minutes of your time and go through the practice.
Even if each one of us can find just a tiny sense of compassion at this present moment, together, we generate a tremendous amount of kindness and compassion.
Watch the video—practice compassion.
Compassion allows you to get close enough to suffering, and yet distant enough to stay grounded and balanced.
Let me close with wise words from the Dalai Lama:
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”