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Don't Be Non-Judgmental

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, I'm going to share

why you shouldn't be non-judgmental.

Now, this is a provocative statement

because if you've been in the

mindfulness world at all, you know

that non-judgment is a key part of

nearly any definition of mindfulness.

One of the most popular definitions

by Jon Kabat-Zinn is mindfulness

is the awareness that arises from

paying attention on purpose, in the

present moment non-judgmentally.

And for the record, I really love what

that is pointing to as a definition.

But let me share one of the concerns

I have with that word non-judgment is

it sets up a negative relationship to

judgements that can arise, which is not

the intention of mindfulness, nor is

it the intention of anyone that puts

non-judgment in a mindfulness definition.

Non-judgement essentially is

pointing to the recognition

that it's complex to be human.

There are going to be lots of

thoughts, lots of emotions, different

sensations, different pains that arise.

And instead of beating yourself up

for having those experiences, can

we make space for them to exist?

But that also includes judgements

that could arise in the mind.

This is good.

This is bad.

This is right.

This is wrong.

And if we start noticing those judgments

are there and then judging ourselves

for having those judgments, because

we're supposed to be non-judgmental.

Well, that can be an

insidious mental loop.

So my suggestion is if you've

found yourself caught in this place

andfrustration with non-judgment is

to replace that word with curiosity.

The beautiful thing about curiosity is

that it's inherently non-judgmental.

When you start bringing curiosity to

an experience, including a judgemental

thought, it's simply there to

understand what is this experience.

It invites the experience

into a non-judgmental space

and just seeks to understand.

I encourage you to explore anything

that you might try to be non-judgmental

with and instead, replace that with

curiosity and see how it works.

As always thank you for your practice.

You're doing great.

And I'll talk to you

soon in the meditation.

Take care.

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