Creativity & Non-Judgement

nonjudgmentTwo thousand fifteen is well underway and I have not written the numbers 2014 since last year. I often forget to change the year when I write in my journal or on a check or any type of formal paperwork that I have to fill out this early in the year. But I have to admit, I’m liking 2015 and looking back 2014 was pretty great.

I got a lot accomplished in 2014 and can honestly say that I am ready for new adventures and experiences in 2015. So I am cultivating an air of creativity and non-judgement. These are both aspects of my life that I put on hold for a bit as I used 2014 to cultivate abundance and prosperity. And it worked. I’m busy teaching yoga to all sorts of people of all ages and sizes and have plenty of extra time to enjoy myself and do the things that I want. I finally feel confident that I will always have more than I will will ever need in this life without having to struggle for it. In the past I felt that I had to work so hard or for so long to experience this type of satisfaction, but now I know that to not be true.

So now is the time to create and become more open minded. I find that I am a very judgmental person, more so now in my head than in the the past with my words. I always had to put a value on something or someone and question why it was the way it was. Lately, I try to keep my comments to myself. But I feel like judgment comes with getting older. The more you see the more you expect things to repeat. When you are a child, everything is brand new, and you look at it without judgment not knowing how to see it as good or bad. It is only once you have seen or experienced something that you put an emotion onto it, and once you see or experience it again, the judgment comes and you think or say, “I don’t like that.”

You can learn a lot from children. I think about my stepson. He is quick to put his two cents in, especially when he’s not asked. For example, he sees me making something in the kitchen that displeases him. I’m not making it for him, as he knows that I know already he doesn’t like this vegetarian craziness his father and I buy into, and he will say, “I don’t like zucchini.” Um, ok, well thank goodness because there’s not enough for you. But we know full well that he’s never even tried zucchini. And it’s his judgment of that poor, delicious vegetable that will have him eating pizza, again, for 2 out of the 3 meals he has that day.

Sometimes I feel as if I am constantly judging things, mostly people, mostly in my head. We all do it, like when we see someone in a really unflattering outfit we think, “What were they thinking?” Maybe they weren’t thinking. Maybe they had a busy morning. They didn’t have time to do the laundry because getting the kids fed and out the door to school on time before work was more important than what they have on. Why can’t we just look at things, and see things without putting any connotation to it? How can we see the world without judgment? It’s a very difficult task.

It is judgment that stagnates us and keeps us from seeing things differently, or perhaps how they really are, or how they really should be. It is judgment that keeps us in our comfort zone. It is our belief that things will always turn out the same, that people don’t really change, that tomorrow will be the same as today as was the day before, and it is stagnation that is the result of judgment.

Creativity, on the other hand, can be the opposite of judgment. Seeing life with new eyes and expecting things to be different. Creativity, is not being stupid and letting others treat you the same terrible way they may have in the past. Creativity is approaching those people and those situations with a different reaction. Creativity is choosing something different. Creativity is tapping into what you knew you had inside of you all along. Creativity is exposing your true self, the part of you that cannot be judged. The part of you that feels good when you use it. Like a stream living deep underground, all you need to do is bring it to the surface to allow it to flow like a wild, raging river. The more you utilize this resource, the more it flows.

So, that’s what I am cultivating in 2015. I can’t wait to see how this year goes. How about you?


2 Replies to “Creativity & Non-Judgement”

  1. Hey! Great post. Loving the new blog. I feel like I judge more as I learn more about the mind – maybe that comes with age. I’ve been reading all of these entrepreneural books, and even though I learn through the mind with yoga, these books like 7 habits of highly effective people or how to win friends and influence others are all about being genuine and authentic (all yogic qualities as well). So, when I read about it in this context, I have changed these aspects in myself to help grow my busienss, but the negative aspects become even more apparent in others to me. I guess it’s when you first start yoga, and you change so much, and then your friendships change because of it. It’s so uncomfortable. I guess this is that happening all over again, but in a different framework. Maybe I should write about it. Anyway, I guess we can call it judging, but can’t it just be observing? I guess the hard part for me is accepting others for being in whatever place they are in. Thanks for being so open and sharing & allowing me to as well! – xoxoxo

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