Judge Much?

One of the greatest differentiator’s of an applied learner, someone that learns and continually applies what they are learning, is that they are able to suspend judgement.  It’s not as simple as right or wrong or, yes or no, unless you limit yourself and others to this.

Move on and continue learning with a greater curiosity to discover and relate with others and do so without judgement.  It may seem harder to believe in today’s judgment-first culture, but there is a “no conflict” space past right or wrong.  Get there.  Going past judgement is where we have a higher realization of ourselves, our families, our organizations and our communities and we act within that higher level of reasoning for a shared value.  It’s of course possible for anyone, but ignored by too many.

A friend of mine once gave me a gift in appreciation of the learning experiences we had shared together over a period of time.  This gift was an art piece that offered a significant quote from Rumi (13th Century) that offered a reflection upon those shared learning experiences.  The quote was taken from a poem that Rumi had written, A Great Wagon.  Today, I’ll share with you a middle verse from the poem.  In bold print is the message on the artwork that I am still learning from, applying myself and sharing with others today.

My suggestion would be for you to apply this connecting thought in your learning practice as well.  Go through the door past right or wrong.  You may even create a small ripple effect with others by doing so.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.”


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