Hi All ~
This week's episode of Drop Dead Diva brought judgment to light. Specifically, how 'fat' people are spoken down to and treated unfairly. It inspired me to be kind (for at least 24 hours - smile:) ...
Please read and join with me as I practice "right speech." May no words of judgment or gossip pass through these lips for (at least) 24 hours!
Spread the word, NOT the icing! Janice
Judgment 101: The WHY of it.
Have you ever wondered why we are so fond of judging each other? We all do it. Don't we? We judge people every day by the way they look, dress, walk, talk, think, and how they act.
We are judging machines. What's it all about? Why do we partake in something so hurtful and low?
The Bible says, "Judge not, lest you be judged."
One of the moral disciplines of the Buddhist Eightfold Path is "Right Speech." Right Speech suggests that we do not "slander others or speak in a way that causes disharmony or enmity" nor should we "indulge in idle talk or gossip."
In Talmudic tradition, it is believed that the evil tongue, "Lashon ha-ra," is a weapon of destruction, one that spreads hatred, lies and most of all slander.
And yet we continue to judge.
Judgment stems from fear. It is a dysfunctional way of protecting ourselves. We project how we feel about ourselves onto others. We put them down so that we can feel superior and bring ourselves up.
Food for thought.
How many times a day do you judge others or have negative thoughts about others? How many times a day do you look at someone and reject them because you don't like the way they look? Too fat? Too thin? Too ugly? Too pretty?
Join with Our Lady of Weight Loss's KICK IN THE TUSH CLUB and me, as we practice "Right Speech" for the next 24 hours.
One day a time!
Spread the word ... NOT the icing!