Updated: Jun 27, 2020
I am writing to remind you of things you already know. Empathy is the doorway to compassion, and compassion is the highest expression of Love.
Judgment is the opposite of empathy and the root of strife withing yourself and in your relationships with others. When you are feeling uncomfortable, chances are that you are judging yourself or others.
When you look upon yourself with judgment, it means that you are listening to the voice of the inner critic. Believing what this voice tells you leads to feelings of shame. Often shame is experienced as that sinking feeling in your gut that makes you want to shut down, hide, and numb out.
When you look upon others with judgment, it means that you have decided that you actually know how someone else should or should not act and have adopted a subtle (or not so subtle) attitude of superiority which is reflected in how you look at them, what you say, and what you do—no matter how you may try to hide it.
Empathy for yourself and others is the remedy for judgment of any kind. Empathy opens your heart and facilitates a compassionate attitude, which heals the divide created by judgment.
Compassion may result in forgiveness and reconciliation, and it may result in setting boundaries. The important thing in choosing any action is having an open heart when you do it. Empathy leads the way.
Remember, this moment is an opportunity to connect to Love, and therefore, to live into the fullness of who you are.
As always, do what best awakens you to love,
Your Inner Wisdom