Lesson 13 from Jon Kabat-Zinn's "Letting Everything Become Your Teacher"
Lesson 13 - How Judgmental We Are
Mindfulness is cultivated by assuming the stance of an impartial witness to your own experience. To do this requires that you become aware of the constant stream of judging and reacting to inner and outer experiences that we are all normally caught up in, and learn to step back from it. When we begin practicing paying attention to the activity of our own mind, it is common to discover and to be surprised by the fact that we are constantly generating judgments about our experience.
The habit of categorizing and judging our experience locks us into mechanical reactions.
Reprinted from LETTING EVERYTHING BECOME YOUR TEACHER: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn © 2009 by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Reprinted by arrangement with the Random House Publishing Group.