“When we stop judging others and ourselves, our heart begins to open.”
-Swami Dhyan Gilen
One of the most difficult things for us to do is stop judging others and ourselves. I think we do this way too much and often times don’t even realize it while we are doing it. There are times when we are so set in our ways and what we believe in that anything that is outside of that box of thinking automatically gets a negative reaction. Yet when we try and teach our children or students, we tell them about accepting others differences and respecting them. Talk about a double standard.
It is important that we become much more mindful when situations like this present itself and recognize that when we judge others before actually trying to understand someone we are not leading with an open heart. Remember that we also have the tendency to judge ourselves rather harshly too. In both instances we need to take a pause, reserve our judgment and lead with much more grace and compassion towards others and ourselves. That is what I think Swami Dhyan Gilen is trying to convey with this quote of this. When we have an open mind, we also allows ourselves to have an open heart. This leads to a better and more understanding relationship with others and ourselves.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your relationship skills?