I have noticed that consistent spiritual practice helps one to grow, but paradoxically it also sets us up for more human frailty. The more aware I become, the more judgmental I am. It’s a great struggle to choose love instead of judgment, when the more we see, the more we judge what we see.
This piece of Sufi wisdom came across my Facebook timeline last week and I have been using it as a practice to avoid passing judgment. It is very helpful to me. Asking the questions as preparation before entering a situation where I am likely to get into a negative space of judging stops this thought process from taking over.
The fruit of this practice is nonviolence, even if for a moment. I have a lifetime of travel ahead on this journey, but it feels good to have this walking stick in my hand. Maybe it will help you too.
May your week-end bring you joy.
*Thank you, Paul Simon!