Judging: A Shallow Reaction

July 27, 2018 | By More

By Lynne Cardinal


Have you ever caught yourself being judgemental? I’m not saying discerning for what is right for you, I’m talking about a judgement as in “good” and “bad”. The truth is, we may be more judgemental than we realize. If we can become aware of this within us, that becomes a rather humbling moment. Judgemental, me? Embedded in judgement is a shallow perspective usually based on a perhaps unadmitted superiority. Judgments have a negative flavour. It leaves a lot of factors out and focuses on our preferences. It takes us away from our deeper humanity, a potential for compassion and love that rests within us and may remain dormant.

We may also be nurturing a certain harshness about ourselves, not just about others, and it may become a compulsive or automatic, judging myself thinking that I’m never good enough. Truth is, it darkens our precious days on this earth. It takes us away from our heart, that sacred well of life that has healing properties which may be the most valuable aspect of our life.

Can you recall a moment where you realized you were judging? Can you feel in your body and mind the sensations that the judgement carry? Judgements takes us away from our humanity, and we may find very good reasons to judge, but it is essentially a shallow reaction that is based on ignorance and not knowing that it is harmful when turned onto ourselves. Not knowing that there just may be a story behind the person that you are judging, with layers of deeper levels of emotions, fears, sadness, insecurity. I remember reading one of the Dalaï Lama’s autobiographies where he explained how he practised compassion even towards the ones considered enemies of Tibet. In the many years of spiritual practises that I have had, introspective years based on meditation and on learning ancient philosophical texts where even in Sanskrit texts it is said that judgements is a reaction that is disconnected from our essence. Returning back to the source, to love, to compassion is one of the most beautiful objective we can nurture.

Join us for our next series of mini-retreats, once a month on Saturday, with meditation, group dialogue, philosophy. This fall we will explore Eckhart Tolle’s texts. For more details contact me at 613.836.2355


Lynne Cardinal holds client sessions in Hull and Stittsville in hypnosis, stress management, coaching and meditation. She offers Stress Management, Resilience and Burnout Prevention workshops in the government and private sectors and has done so for over 30 years. She is also a Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, holding additional certifications in Hypnosis Innovative Techniques and Weight Loss. She is certified by Dr. Weiss in Past-Life Regression and she has a PhD (alternative) in Eastern Philosophy. She has completed a two year extensive and advanced training with Thomas Hübl on Transparent Communication and Principles of Transformation and Healing, and on Trauma (individual and collective) work. She has trained with Diane Hamilton in Conflict Resolution and with Diana Martinez on Family Constellation. For more information or to book a session call 613.836.2355   or   www.kaivalya.ca     info@kaivalya.ca

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