HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL-Dec. 12, 2016-THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN
Compiled by Mercy Junction Assistant Director, Reiki Master, and Empathic Psychic Kali Meister
“When you’re in the position I’m in, you have two options: you can either shut yourself off from everybody, from the world, and not live a full life. Or you welcome everybody into your life and occasionally somebody will try to take advantage. And I’d much rather be that person who lets people in.”
Judgment is how humans currupt discernment with personal opinion by comparing how things or people are and how we think they ought to be. So, in judgment, there’s an element of dissatisfaction with the way things are and a desire to have things be the way we want them to be.
We as a society must shift away from judgment. It’s easy to condemn ideas or people that are different than you, or to bad-mouth things that we dislike or disagree with. Judgment, labeling, stereotyping, and segregating can lead to polarization of societies.
The secret to being less judgemental is figuring out a way to see yourself in everyone you meet. Put yourself in other people’s shoes. This is known as empathic intelligence and it can be developed and strengthened.
Increase your awareness about your own non-verbal expressions. Notice what you are doing nonverbally when you are interacting with others. Ask people that you trust, to give you honest feedback about your non-verbal communication in various situations especially ones that are more emotional.
Know that you can disagree with someone and still understand what they may be feeling and why. This is especially important when someone is having a strong emotion and is asking you to do something that you can’t do.
Sometimes just listening without judgment is enough to convey empathy. Communicate to people in an authentic way that you understand what they are experiencing.
Today’s Action: Show empathy for others. Stop being judgemental of other people. You never know what relationships and opportunities you miss out on just by being a little too judgmental at the wrong time.
Today’s Sharing: Describe one nice thing you did for someone else, how did it make the other person feel, and how did it make you feel.
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