The Judgment Room

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Hello, Madelaine, mind over matters Welcome back to managing your mind. This is module eight, the judgment room. This is a really good one and a really important one, because it’s going to just, it’s going to illustrate to you for once and for all, just how judgey we all are. And there’s good reason for that. It has helped us to survive and to thrive, but it can be overdone. So I can’t really say this any better than I already wrote it. So let’s just go to the exercise right now. See you there. Welcome to the judgment room. I know that doesn’t look like Shakespeare, but we are going to quote him now. Shakespeare said, there is nothing either good or bad. But thinking makes it so does it ever, the mind loves categories divides everything into good or bad. And well, it should. For one thing category making is how we know the difference between what we can eat, and what can eat us. So really, it has helped us to survive and to thrive. But sometimes the mind makes mistakes. Turns out, it’s only a rope, not really a snake. Turns out it’s only your boss, not really a hungry animal. Discipline over the minds potential to make snap. And sometimes silly judgments followed by sometimes silly behaviors can sharpen awareness of reality. Discipline over the mind can sharpen awareness of reality, and improve our decision making. Which responses we are going to enact with regard to it. So to practice sitting comfortably in your seat. And again, you can do this with me if you like, or later on, from the material provided, sitting comfortably in your seat with your eyes open to the world around you. Let’s say looking out the window looking at a picture, suspend categorizing by simply observing whatever is before you. Every time you find yourself thinking about what you are seeing trees, clouds, tables, chairs, return to just seeing this is actually really hard. But it helps to practice just being with experience. Because it’s difficult to separate the raw experience from our judgments about it. Once we can just be with experience, we no longer have to act. So we’re creating that space again in which we can choose, we no longer have to act on automatic pilot and risk making things worse than they might otherwise be. You can do this with hearing too instead of thing. Every time you find yourself thinking about what you are hearing. You know, you do that a lot. We all do. judgey judgey judging, so holding oneself to this exercise for at least three to five minutes, is recommended. And again for the importance of being able to create a little space within which you can put your higher brain in charge of your life and your impact also, on everyone around you. So let’s just put that also in our toolkit. And remember why this is important. We judge a lot were made that way. It’s part of how we survive and thrive. But when it’s happening mindlessly, we can get things wrong, and really mess things up. So try this on your own or with a friend to see just how prime the mind is to judge and how possible it is to curb it. If we practice, practice, practice this exercise and one or another of the others in your toolkit to especially the breathing room, perhaps as a routine part of your life. More and more science is telling us how good this practice is for our minds for happier, healthier, more productive, just overall better for work, play, love and life. Our next and last module for this training is module nine for our wrap up on where to from here. See you then.