As you guys may know, one of my teachers, Gabrielle Bernstein challenged me to a “no judgment cleanse” for 90 days. I’m so happy to say that as I’m writing this I’m on day 102 (what an over-achiever)! I wrote an entire blog for Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life on what this cleanse entailed for me, so if you’re interested, you can check it out here.
What I wanted to share with you is the biggest lesson I’ve learned. And re-learned. And re-learned. And then definitely learned again, and for sure that I will keep on learning for probably forever. What is it, you ask?
Recognize the other person is you.
Powerful, yes? This quote comes to us from Yogi Bhajan, who for those of you who aren’t familiar, is the one responsible for bringing Kundalini yoga to the United States. He’s a super cool dude.
Recognize the other person is you has repeated in my mind so many times while in this journey towards non-judgment. The reality is, we are human, and we are definitely going to be judgmental…of ourselves and of others. The true work and merit comes when we are aware of it, and how we quickly we can bring ourselves back to love. The biggest way I steer clear from judgment, is by remembering that we are all one. I guarantee you that if someone does something that you feel inclined to judge them for, at some point in your life you have done that same exact thing. Again, we are human.
I encourage you guys to keep this thought in the back of your mind, and remember only love is real.