5 Assumptions for Non-Judgmental Living ~ A Personal Challenge

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5 Assumptions for Non-Judgmental Living ~ A Personal Challenge

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer We hear it all the time – don’t judge others. Yet living a non-judgmental life is not easy. We are judging machines, conditioned from birth to see through the lens of limitation. Here are two specific reasons why we judge: 1. When we judge others, we judge ourselves: The essence of judgment arises from a place of judging ourselves. When we are told at a young age that it is inappropriate to be __________ (such as angry), or not to be ____________ (such as silly), on some level we make these aspects bad or wrong. We then grow up projecting this idea onto others. If we see someone being angry […]

I wonder…

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I wonder…

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” ~Gerry Spence It is very easy to share our opinion with attachment, or even righteousness. We believe our perspective is the truth, and we deliver it as such. However, it is a real skill to share a point of view while still remaining open to others. We can do this by changing the tone of our voice to be warm or light. We can also use the child’s language of I wonder. “Wisdom is in not knowing.” ~ Deepak Chopra To be in wonder means to be open. It is an attitude of curiosity whereby we state our interest, and at the same time are open to not knowing the answer […]

Maybe

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Maybe

~ Huai Nan Tzu ~ Once upon a time, a peasant had a horse. This horse ran away, so the peasant’s neighbours came  to console him for his bad luck. He answered, “Maybe.” The day after the horse came back, leading 6 wild horses with it.  The neighbours came to congratulate him on such good luck. The peasant said, “Maybe.” The day after, his son tried to saddle and ride on one of the wild horses, but he fell down and broke his leg. Once again the neighbours came to share that misfortune. The peasant said, “Maybe.” The day after, soldiers came to conscript the youth of the village, but the peasant’s son was not chosen because of his broken leg. When the neighbours came […]

Teach Wisdom

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Teach Wisdom

by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. “We must teach children how to think, not what to think. Our role is not to pass on knowledge, but rather wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge applied. When we only give children knowledge, we are telling them what to think, what they are supposed to know, and what we want them to believe is true. When we give children wisdom, however, we do not tell them what to know or what is true – rather, we tell them how to get their own truth. I envision an educational system based upon developing children’s abilities and skills rather than their memories. Children are our guides; we should give them the ability to discover and create their own truths.” ~ from their […]

Speaking Your Truth

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Speaking Your Truth

Holding back your truth is an act of inner scarcity. Expressing it is an act of abundance. It takes courage to speak our truth, especially when others are used to us holding back. Perhaps we have trained them to expect us to accommodate their perspective, please, or just remain silent. People will treat us the same until we change. Where in your life are you not speaking your truth? Where are you allowing others to speak for you? Speaking our truth expands our playground of life. We make our Self a priority and make new empowered choices. We no longer play poor me or victim, and give our power away to others. Instead we claim our self-worth. Children don’t hesitate to speak up and speak out, […]

Unconventional Validation

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Unconventional Validation

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” ~ Pema Chodron. When your inner critic speaks loudly, congratulate yourself! When we begin to consider leaving the status quo to step into the new and unfamiliar, fear will announce itself…and often loudly! Also known as the inner critic, ego, saboteur, or little self, the voice of fear loves comfort and familiarity. It continues to seek and reinforce ways of being/living that no longer serve you. So when you set sail for the uncharted, it will step up its repertoire of ceaseless and neurotic input, and offer all the “sound” reasons why you should listen to it instead of your intuition, dreams or true Self. When this voice takes center stage in your life, […]

Using the Mirror ~ Reclaiming the Gifts of Your Shadow Side

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Using the Mirror ~ Reclaiming the Gifts of Your Shadow Side

The moment you no longer need the world to be any different than the way it is right now, you are most empowered to create change. This empowerment comes only through taking full responsibility for who you are instead of projecting it outward onto the world. Projection happens when you don’t fully own certain aspects of your Self. Whatever you do not own, known as your dark or shadow side, you in fact fear. Your fear stems from your past conditioning where you were taught on some level to be some things, and not to be others. As a result, you disowned certain aspects of your Self, suppressing them into the dark. But whatever you have denied, or can’t be with within, you cannot be […]

4 Principles for the Awakened Heart

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4 Principles for the Awakened Heart

You are a Powerful Being of Light; your greatest gift is your loving presence. Awakening the Heart is always the real agenda in life; all other agendas, such as relationships, career, money and health, are gateways. Now is the moment of awakening.  You can only do so much; let the Universe take care of the rest. ~ Vince Gowmon For more of Vince’s writing, subscribe to his free e-newsletter. *            *            * Related Reading: Can You Be Here In The Emptiness? The Call of the Butterfly

Can You Be Here In The Emptiness?

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Can You Be Here In The Emptiness?

by Vince Gowmon From Wild Empty Spaces ~ Poems for the Opening Heart   Can you be here in the emptiness?  Where the heart is open And the mind is clear The body wants nothing And you’re open to hear A sound in the wind A brush of a tree The storm of the night The voice beyond the dream Can you be here in the emptiness?  Where over the days And over the years It’s been calling to you Beyond your fears Come back to this moment Come back right now Come back from your dream It’s here life is found Can you be here in the emptiness? Where you stop searching And finally let go Of all your ambitions And all you think […]