Suspending our judgments is an important practice to undertake, but often a very dissonant one: when we genuinely don’t want to be judgmental anymore, we may still continue to believe in our judgments.
To suspend our judgments, we need a strong intention in order to endure awkward periods of cognitive dissonance -and its possible backlash- as well as a supportive practice to find the crack in our cemented opinions. It is hard work, but it is worth the effort.
Because for us, Western people, there is no braver act of peace than to disrupt the cycle of our judgments toward others. At least toward the ones we love.
Have a great week!
PS: The challenge these days, is to suspend our judgments while holding on our values.
Reflective questions: Who do you judge? Do you have best practices about suspending your judgments?