Many of us have a tendency to be critical and judgmental of ourselves and others. This habit can seem quite strong and can create a lot of suffering. Mindfulness is a wonderful tool to enable us to see these thoughts for what they are, so we can begin to bring wisdom and understanding to them. The good news is, like any conditioned habit, we can learn to decondition them. This week, Wendy guided our reflections, with particular attention to an excerpt from a talk by Sally Armstrong addressing the judging mind.
The talk is available here: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/153/talk/52218/
In this talk Sally quotes Byron Brown, author of “Soul Without Shame“, who explores the root causes of self judgement and overriding this habit. She also references Shakil Choudhury’s book “Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them” and his work studying judging others and racial bias.