Your judging habit is so ingrained, you’re not aware of the extent of stress it causes. It’s the little, innocuous judgments that accumulate and keep you in the weeds of judging. I don’t want to go to work today. The weather sucks. Why can’t I find my car keys? I can’t believe my sports team lost again. Your constant stream of judging is distorting your experience of reality. You are grinding yourself down with your constant resistance.
This includes positive judgments, too. I can’t wait to go to the movies tonight is as much judgment as saying That movie was bad when you come out. In both cases, your judging comes at a tremendous cost. Instead of experiencing the reality in front of you, you’re experiencing the judgment in your head. Wherever you are, you’re not really there. Whenever you judge, you are living in your head. When you live in your head, you are not being you, because you are not your head.
There are things you can and should do to keep your mind and body running optimally. Stay hydrated, eat right, get plenty of exercise, get enough sleep. But your judging habit impacts your mental and physical well-being more than anything else.
Your health flourishes when you are not spending your energy on denying, resisting, or rejecting life. Your mood improves, and you’re excited to start your day. You feel like you can trust life, and you can trust yourself. Nothing is more invigorating than trusting who you are designed to be. And nothing is more stressful than to not be you. Being you is being in balance.
How stressed are you?