You may not be able to avoid judgmental thoughts but you can teach yourself to dismiss them. Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back From Living a Better Life. (information taken from Experience Life magazine)
I admit it. I’m one of those people who struggles with a judgmental attitude. Bernstein speaks to me when she writes, “Judgment is a reliable little crutch when we feel hurt, insecure, or vulnerable. When we judge others, we feel better than them–smarter, savvier, more enlightened etc.” She goes on to say, however, that after the “high” we may feel the stress of guilt and the energy drain of inner turmoil.
We may not be able to rid ourselves of judgment–and at times discernment is healthy—but we can look deeper to find the root cause that lies beneath the pattern. When you begin this detox, as Bernstein calls it, you will feel less comfortable with gossip and negativity, clues that you’re on the right path.
Affirmation: I can curtail my judgmental nature.
Coaching questions: If you’re a judgmental person, what steps can you take to detox? What is the root cause of your judgmental nature? How will being less judgmental bring greater health and happiness to your life?