Judge Not Today.

Around a year and a half ago, I heard Deepak Chopra for the first time. I can’t say I was ever completely taken by everything he said, but there were parts which I thought had real value. Particularly, his spiritual idea of overcoming the need to judge was something which I had not realised the importance of before.
For the last year and a half I’ve worked very hard to make the maxim “Judge Not Today” an key one in my life. Ultimately, living to this ideal isn’t easy; I know I lapse back into judgement still, but in the past few weeks I’ve tried concertedly to be totally at peace from the need to judge.

What I learned is that, as long as we judge others, we can never be at peace with ourselves, because we create a rift between ourselves and the people around us. Judging is an inherently alienating process; it forces a conflict in which our ways are inherently right and somebody else’s are inherently wrong.

I noticed a few years ago that I was becoming increasingly negative and judgemental. Very quickly, these petty judgements on the way somebody looks or dresses or speaks or thinks become important in how you value other people in comparison to yourself. If you let it, this pattern of judgement will seep into and dominate you. Towards the end of my teenage years, I realised I was increasingly becoming a person who would instantly see the worst in people, and who would be closed minded and closed off to my own silliness.

I believe we should all have a determination now to be a people of positivity, for whom each person and opportunity is accepted and considered equally, and it’s almost as though a weight has been removed off me every day. One great benefit of not judging seems to me that I don’t judge myself the same way either, which is fantastic, nor do I feel the need to justify myself or appeal to others. Maybe this is all just an elaborate philosophy to allow myself to wear whatever I want, be silly and take nothing seriously ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, still enjoying my week in Auckland although the weather is a bit meh now. Caught up with a friend last night and also met a bunch of new people, including one guy who was very cool; turns out he is a huge film buff, as well as writer, and just seemed an pretty cool guy. Went dancing in town though it was really quiet, but I’m checking out this Latin club in town tonight and hoping to dance some salsa. Scary, I’ve never been by myself! I think I’ll probably be missing my dance partner quite a lot.

The Oydssey Maze I spoke about a few days ago was very cool; lots of strange rooms with exciting use of lights and dark and mirror and texture. I really enjoyed it, and it really seemed like something that would be a lot of fun do myself in the future (who knows how though). If you’re in or around Auckland then you should definitely go see it; admission was $15 for a student and we were inside for around 45 mins at least. You’ll have a good time.

You need to be inside to fully appreciate it.

Regarding emotional stuff, I believe feelings only fade if you want them too, or if you let them. I don’t think there is a general rule that being apart will make you care less; so long as you want the person to remain important in your life, you’ll find away. Probably just corroborating to myself and saying what I want to hear though.

Just listening to this right now. “Be mindful of yourself without judging yourself.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RvtDFfLFIk

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2-Minute Musings.

“…energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.โ€

Yoda is 2.5 feet tall, a goblin/alien hybrid, fictional and smarter than you or I.

I had a small moment of clarity before in which I made a connection and figured out a way to articulate something which has been banging around inside for months.

I remember reading King Lear when I was younger and taking note of the biblical reference from Mark 3:24. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” I’m not religious at all, but I believe this is a truth which transcends belief. There is no thing which can survive conflict with itself, at a small or large scale. When human brains fall to ruin, so often there is an internal conflict. Sadness and depression so often seem to come from fighting with what you want and what you are. Cancer is, ultimately, the inevitable and natural mutation of our body as it turns on itself.

We are not owners of the Earth, we are members of it. The Earth itself is an organism, and all life upon it is inexorably part of that organism; we are all equal and we are all universally linked.

As human beings, we can no longer live so oblivious to this truism. We are not masters of the Earth, we are only a part of it. As long as we abuse and exploit the Earth itself and the other organisms (just like us), we continue to turn the Earth upon itself.

Inevitably, a quick google search revealed that somebody far smarter than I had sad all this far more concisely…

Tight.

An organism at war with itself is doomed. HUMAN RACE! Stop seeing yourself as superior to the things around you; there is no excuse for slaughter and slavery, regardless of sex, race, colour orย species.

‘Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer

I’ve not always been aware of this, but now I am, and I hope you all will be too.