One of the biggest steps we can make towards peace, calm and joy within is to observe the exterior world without evaluation. The highest intelligence is to simply observe not judge.
This means not viewing the world through the judgement, lenses and stories of our mind. It means stopping viewing the world through a filter, or filters, that we have built up through evaluation without any real truth and through our condition from the minds of others or the collective mind.
When we simply observe without evaluation, there is no judgement, just observation…no violence of our mind. We then actually hear, see and sense what is, rather than what the mind tells us that is.
It is our judgements that feed the suffering and pain within as it always has to be about how it affects the story of ‘little me’ that our mind has created. We can not suffer if we do not judge.
When we use our senses to simply take in the exterior world, simply being in the moment and observing those senses, then there is peace within. When we are truly conscious and at one with all that is, then we realise we are part of everyone and everything, we are all the one life, and none better or worse, no good or bad.
‘There are no good or bad people that come to our lives. There are only teachers’, I think it was the Buddha that said that.
It’s a very interesting perspective, as many people cross our paths in our life, sometimes for just a moment, sometimes a few weeks, a few months, some years or maybe a lifetime. It is the mind that judges and labels people ‘good’ or ‘bad’ based on our lenses that we view the world through. What if we accepted that each person has something to teach us and looked for that instead?
If we step away from the judgement and choose to look out to the exterior world without evaluation, then we see people for the soul that they are, we hear the words they actually say, we appreciate what they teach us. We truly see them and become willing to appreciate what they can offer to guide us or be an example to us.
Everything in life is an experience, and an opportunity to learn something or to just appreciate the beauty of each new experience. When we stop the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ label we appreciate this amazing moment of life for what it is, and each and every moment. We appreciate others instead of judging them.
It’s our evaluations that stop us growing not good or bad people, they only teach if we allow ourselves to see it.