Where is Your Judgment Leading You?

If you keep your mind from judging and aren’t led by the senses, your heart will find peace.

Verse 52 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Ah – judgment. This is single thing in the course of human history that has caused the most problems ever. I believe every argument, every war, every hurt feeling, everything that caused a clash between two sides of a conflict comes down to a clash in judgment. Judgment is defined as: the capacity to form an opinion by distinguishing and evaluating. At it’s very simplest, every conflict comes down to one thing – one side judges something as “good” and the other side as “bad.” The rest is all convincing, emotions, and, a lot of times, anger and resentment. People don’t like to be wrong. So if a person is working hard to convince you of their side of an argument, you feel judged. You feel like you are wrong. Many people then get defensive and work harder to convince others of the validity of their side. It is an endless cycle with neither side willing to give in.

The Tao speaks of another way. When you can release judgment about what is happening around your heart, you will find peace. Think about what it would be like to not place any judgment of “right” or “wrong” or “good” and “bad” on anything. You go through your day by accepting all that comes your way as part of the Tao. It just is. You respond to the situation. You don’t react to it. This means you take the actions in the situations that will support you with judging (or reacting) to what is going on.

Many times in a situation our emotional reactions are really about past events that we have judged to be “bad.” They have caused us hurt, pain, or embarrassment and so any new situation that come up that looks and feels the same way are also judged as bad. By accepting the situation, allowing yourself to feel your emotion but not react to them, you will not be led by your senses. You will notice what is going on for you, you will feel it, and you will not judge it. It just is. All that occurs is of the Tao. So too is it with your emotions. They are of the Tao. Allow things, accept situations, feel your emotions, and release your judgment and you heart will be peaceful.

In love and light

Celina

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