Can we afford to be non-judgmental?

by Melissa West on April 8, 2014

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Being Non-Judgmental

Non-JudgementalPlease don’t take a lot of time explaining this…direct me to a resource if you can.

I love the idea of being non-judgemental. But given all the things that need to be changed and challenged in our world today, can we afford to be non-judgmental? Shouldn’t we be involved and take a stand on things we believe in?

Thank you. I love the Namaste Yoga and practice whenever I can. I started over ๐Ÿ™‚

Sincerely, Mike Newlin
San Angelo, TX

Dear Mike

I’m so happy you are enjoying Namaste Yoga and are getting in so much practice! ๐Ÿ™‚

I would check out the Keepin’ it Real Yogi Style series if I were you, especially the acceptance class.

In a nut shell: John Kabbat Zin says that you donโ€™t have to like everything or take a passive attitude towards everything or be satisfied with things as they are or resigned to tolerating things as they have to be, it just means coming around to seeing things as they are. Acceptance is not about resignation or I give up. – See more at: Namaste Yogaย 

When you come to all the things that need to be changed in the world with a non-judgmental attitude, it is a lot easier to create change. ๐Ÿ™‚

For example take a look at the non-judgmental attitude of Farm Sanctuary vs. Peta, Farm Sanctuary shows cute pictures of animals living on a happy farm to encourage you to support compassion towards animals. Peta takes a more hard-core, judgmental approach, making you feel bad about using animal products. Which one motivates you towards change more?

Thanks for asking such a great question. I would love to hear from you. Do you have experiences in your life where offering an attitude of acceptance has allowed you to create more change than taking a stand on what you believe in?

Namaste, Melissa


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