Whilst drinking my morning coffee and sitting on the back step listening to the summer morning sounds, I perused my phone and read articles of interest on one of the ‘mindful living/yoga’ websites. This is part of my morning ritual, and generally I find inspiration from the articles I read.
One of the articles I came across today really got me thinking about the ‘mindful/yogic/consciouness’ lifestyle, and how, as humans, even though we are attempting to be more conscious and to live with intergrity, we still somehow manage to fall into a trap of judging others because they have not lived up to out percieved expectations of how we feel they ‘should’ be. One could suggest that I myself, by writing this, am also falling into that. I make clear that this is not my intention. It is not my intention to pass judgement, or to attack, or disrespect the authors right to be able to write about what they choose.
It just made me think.
As human beings we are a species of judgemental creatures. Being able to pass judgement on a situation can keep us safe from harm. But passing a judgement about people because they have fell short of our expectations is really not doing anything beneficial in aiding our survival, nor does it enhance our lives.
I recently read one of the many books by Thict naht Hahn, and I remember a certain passage regarding two street acrobats. I am unsure of the actual passage and what was written, but from my understanding, the message was ‘ Do not concern yourself with what the other is doing, Just be sure that you are doing what you need to do, and the other makes sure they are focusing on what they need to do – and it will all turn out fine without incident – in this case the street acrobatic performance.
To bring this into the present moment, and in relation to the article i read, it seems to me that the judgement passed onto certain people, those who exploit, abuse their position of power etc, really isn’t required from those of us who ‘would not act or behave in these ways’.
Whom are any of us to judge? Whom are any of us to preach to others?
Do we not realise that as soon as we do those things we begin to seperate ourselves? We begin to percieve ourselves as superior to the inferior.
That’s not particularly ‘Yogic’ – but who am I to even pass that judgement? It is only my perception, and i guess, my expectation of Yoga/mindful/consciouness living.
We all possess the capability of acting from a place of darkness, from a place of ego and self-absorbtion. We are all capable of standing on others to get to the top. Some of us choose not to. Yet this does not put us in any place to condemn those who do, to categorise those whom act from a place of selfishness. Everyone is on their own path, and they have their own lessons to learn.
Light cannot exist without dark.