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Letting Go of Judgment

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. You know, a friend of mine recently shared with me a story from spiritual teacher, Ram Dass. It was such a beautiful reminder for me. It had such a beautiful impact on me that I really wanted to share it with you all too. So he says, you know, when you go out into the woods and you look at all the trees, you see all these different kinds of trees.

And some of them are bent. Some of them are straight and some of them are evergreens and some of them are just whatever. All kinds of trees. And when you look at the trees, you allow it to be just as it is, you appreciate it. You kind of see why it's the way it is.

You know, you understand that if one tree didn't get enough, light, it kind of twisted and turned this way, but you don't get emotional about it or judge it. You just appreciate the tree. Just as it is. Bent or knobly or however it is. But the minute we get near humans, we seem to lose all of that, you know.

We're constantly saying this person's too this or I'm too that. So that kind of like judging mind comes in. And so he says, I practice turning people into trees, which means appreciating them just the way they are. And I love this analogy. It invites us all to remember, to appreciate each other, you know, to see past our opinions and our preconceived notions about each other.

So what a wonderful spiritual practice it could be if in this next week, we all practice turning people into trees. Therefore giving them what we all most want, love and acceptance, just the way we are. So this week, let's practice this as best we can. And hold close these words that were once elegantly spoken by the Dalai Lama "What is, love? Love is the absence of judgment."

Melli O'Brien

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Letting Go of Judgment

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. You know, a friend of mine recently shared with me a story from spiritual teacher, Ram Dass. It was such a beautiful reminder for me. It had such a beautiful impact on me that I really wanted to share it with you all too. So he says, you know, when you go out into the woods and you look at all the trees, you see all these different kinds of trees.

And some of them are bent. Some of them are straight and some of them are evergreens and some of them are just whatever. All kinds of trees. And when you look at the trees, you allow it to be just as it is, you appreciate it. You kind of see why it's the way it is.

You know, you understand that if one tree didn't get enough, light, it kind of twisted and turned this way, but you don't get emotional about it or judge it. You just appreciate the tree. Just as it is. Bent or knobly or however it is. But the minute we get near humans, we seem to lose all of that, you know.

We're constantly saying this person's too this or I'm too that. So that kind of like judging mind comes in. And so he says, I practice turning people into trees, which means appreciating them just the way they are. And I love this analogy. It invites us all to remember, to appreciate each other, you know, to see past our opinions and our preconceived notions about each other.

So what a wonderful spiritual practice it could be if in this next week, we all practice turning people into trees. Therefore giving them what we all most want, love and acceptance, just the way we are. So this week, let's practice this as best we can. And hold close these words that were once elegantly spoken by the Dalai Lama "What is, love? Love is the absence of judgment."

Melli O'Brien

4.7

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