Today I will judge nothing that occurs. That’s because I am not qualified to judge in the first place. I do not see the whole picture.
I only have a limited understanding of things, based on my past history, my immediate surroundings, and my own concepts about the nature of things. And yet what I think I know is extremely limited, even judged by the standards of what all humans know, let alone what is out there in the entire cosmos, including distant galaxies, all that happened in the billions of years past, all that will happen in the billions of years to come, and all that is beyond the realm of space-time. I most certainly am not qualified to judge, and I will not judge.
If I have any worries, these worries come from assumptions I have made. But my assumptions are nothing but that — assumptions. They are not necessarily true. And even if they were true in some sense, there is a judgment that I have placed on top of them, in effect saying that these assumptions are “bad.” But I am not qualified to make such a judgment either. I know nothing.
For example, if I am worried about not having enough money, there is the assumption that I will not be provided for or that my income may not be sufficient to meet my needs. But how do I know I will not be provided for? How do I know that my needs will not be met. Maybe I will have an increase in income whose source I may not be fully aware of now. Maybe I will realize that I really do not “need” all those things I thought I needed. Not having money may also teach me that I do not need money to be happy, in which case not having money in the near term will turn out to be a blessing. It is only when I make the assumptions that (a) I will not have enough money for my needs; and (b) not having the amount of money I now regard as necessary for my needs is “bad” — it is only wheny I have these assumptions that I get worried. Without these thoughts, I have no worry.
I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts. It is my judgments about how things are and how they should and should not be that cause me pain.
Today I will judge nothing that occurs. If someone or some event upsets me, I will remember that the upset comes from my thoughts about the person or event. Things are as they are. There is nothing disturbing or upsetting about them. It is only when I add my own interpretation of them that the upset occurs. I will judge nothing that occurs.
Being nonjudgmental is a way of being, a habit, that I am determined to develop. And if it happens that I do become judgmental and get upset? Then I will not be judgmental about that either. If I beat myself up for being judgmental, I am only compounding the problem. I choose to accept whatever transpires in this moment, because it already is.
Each moment is a fresh moment. I can choose to accept whatever is in this moment. And repeat acceptance in the moment after that. And the one after that. I can see intuitively that persistence acceptance is a powerful way being that produces inner peace.
Accept whatever is in this moment. Don’t judge. If you do judge, then that judgment is part of the present moment, and you accept that too. And you can also choose, in the next moment, to recognize that your judgment was not justified anyway and release the judgment. And if you do not release the judgment? Well, you can accept that, too. In other words, don’t be judgmental about your judgmentalness.
Acceptance and nonjudgment go together. Nonacceptance comes from judgment. And if you develop a nonjudgmental mind — in the widest sense — then you have mastered forgiveness. A forgiving mind is one that recognizes that it does not and cannot know, and therefore does not judge. Forgiveness is the key to happiness. Today I will practice forgiveness. Today I will judge nothing that occurs.