May 5

Today's quotation:

Whether one is Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian, how you live your life is proof that you are or not fully his.  We cannot condemn or judge or pass words that will hurt people.  We don't know in what way God is appearing to that soul and what God is drawing that soul to; therefore, who are we to condemn anybody?

Mother Teresa

Today's Meditation:

How did condemnation ever get to become such a standard part of human nature?  Why is it so easy for us to stand in judgment of other people when we make so many mistakes ourselves?  How can we spend so much time and effort condemning others when that time and effort would be so much more useful spent improving ourselves and our own natures-- becoming more loving and compassionate as we do so?

We simply can't see into another person's heart or soul, and we simply cannot know how God is appearing to that person or what trials that person has to go through to learn what he or she needs to learn in this life.  So what purpose does our condemnation serve, except perhaps to feed our egos by making us feel superior to others?

And how can feeding our own egos serve others?

To become "fully his," I believe, means to learn to treat others with unconditional love and compassion.  And while we may find it necessary to react negatively to someone's actions, that isn't necessarily a condemnation of the person him- or herself-- and only when we're able to recognize and act from that distinction will we be able to treat others with unconditional love.

None of us, of course, is free from making our own mistakes; it only stands to reason that we shouldn't hold others in strict judgment for theirs.  Showing love and compassion is just as beneficial to us as it is to them.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of learning experiences teach us to condemn others and their actions?

Why is it often difficult to separate in our minds the people from their actions?

Just how much of another person's life can we actually know?  How much of what we think we know is supposition?

For further thought:

We cannot change anything until we accept it.  Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.

Carl Gustav Jung

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.

Henry Ward Beecher

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