Your mind is a powerful critic. It loves to assess everything. In fact, we need those snap judgments to help us make choices, sometimes for our very survival.
The trouble comes when the constant critic runs our lives on automatic pilot. So we practice mindfulness and meditation to foster non-judgment. This does not imply that there is suddenly an empty, spacious lack of judgment. Instead, by observing our own mind, we learn to recognize the cacophony of preference, patterns, desires, and aversions without getting caught up in them. This capacity for non-judgmental awareness ultimately leads to wiser judgment.
In mindful presence,
Non-judgment is allowing ourselves to experience something without classifying it in our own brains as a threat or not. It means that we remove the lens of our own perspective (the judgment) and experience situations without feeling threatened by them or their potential consequences.
Lori Furbush teaches Qigong, Yin Yoga, & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She weaves MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION into every moment.