Beliefs and judgements have impact on how we relate with the world, but they also have impact on how we relate with ourselves. This is one of the clearest pathways between external and internal. If we approach other.life.world, with a set of demands and expectations ~ beliefs about how Things Should Be ~ we will approach ourselves with the same critical narratives. If we attack the beliefs.expression.beingness of another person, we can be certain that the teeth of judgment.criticism.hatred will be bared in our direction, by our very own mouths. If we nurture the inner dialogue that makes others wrong, that same storyteller will tell the tale of our own brokenness.
How do we find our way out of this quagmire of belief and judgment? “Surely the way is not to abandon our beliefs?” the mind protests. “Surely not that!” Maybe. Maybe not. My question is simply this . . . how might life be different if you didn’t cling so tightly to ~ or allow yourself to be squeezed so tightly by ~ your beliefs? Slowly the breath returns to the belly. Can you feel it?