Oh Judgment, We’ve Got To Stop Meeting Like This!

Do you ever feel like you’re moving forward in life, only to find judgment just a few steps behind you? As much as you try to escape it, it always catches up to you.

This past week, judgment came at me from not just one direction but two. While working my way through a detox, my immune system threw in the towel and presented me with a cold that pulled me down in ways that made it difficult to function.

Even though I did my best to practice self-compassion by taking care of myself, I was still judging myself negatively for not getting enough done. I’m working on being more “human being” than “human doing,” but I’ll save that for another blog.

I was aware of what was happening, but I got caught up in the loop of judgment and kept pushing myself to do more when my body was telling me to stop.

Funny enough my negative judgment about not getting enough done led to the second self-judgment. How can I tell others about the importance of listening to their bodies and taking care of themselves when I wasn’t doing just that? Sure, I was taking care of myself, but not doing what was truly needed.

It was a quick downward spiral that felt like my mind had been hijacked by someone else. Judgment has its way of doing that by depleting our energy and zapping our sparkle in no time.

I’ve shared in a past blog how using The RAIN of Self-Compassion by Tara Brach has been a game changer. It helps you get a look inside judgment to see what’s going on.

Tara breaks down The RAIN of Self-Compassion (recognize, accept, investigate and nourish) into steps that allows for greater understanding of your judgment.

This guided meditation is only ten minutes long. A small investment of time can create a meaningful difference in your life.

Creating shifts in your thinking and life takes time, so it may take repeated “practices” to lessen the hold of self-judgment. And who doesn’t want that?

I know I do!

Could you use a little support around letting go of some of the judgment in your life? If so, I would love to support you in taming the judgment beast. Go ahead and reach out to me at hello@anneeppley.com.

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