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Jon Kabat Zinn | 4:00


Non judging is a very important element of mindfulness practice, in fact, is part of my working definition of mindfulness, which is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non judgmentally.

And the non judgmentally is the real challenge. Because when you start to pay attention to what's on your mind, you're very rapidly discover that we have ideas and opinions about everything, just about everything. And we're always judging things in terms of I like that I don't like that, I want that I don't want that. This is good, that's bad. And it's like, a steady stream of judging, judging, judging, judging, judging.

So when we speak of mindfulness as being non judgmental awareness, it doesn't mean that they won't be judgments, it means that you're, you will be aware of how judgmental we actually are, and then not judge the judging.

And when we relate to it in that kind of a way, then we begin to see that, that our judging is very often black and white. It's either this or that this or that good or bad, like this, like want, don't want. And we get imprisoned by that kind of view. But being non judgmental doesn't mean that all of a sudden, you get stupid, and think, Well, I'm not going to be judgmental. So I'll just walk out in the street in front of an oncoming truck.

What difference does it make? No, it means that we will cultivate discernment.This is the capacity to see what's actually unfolding, but not to judge it, but to recognize it and to understand it in relationship to our experience. So when we speak about non judgmental awareness, that's what we're talking about

 We're talking about a very fine degree of discernment, of clarity of wisdom, of understanding the interconnections between things. And at the same time, noticing the tendency to judge quite quickly, like don't like want, don't want and, and to recognize that that actually creates a kind of veil or a filter in front of our eyes, that doesn't allow us to thing see, that doesn't allow us to see things as they are, but to only see them through the lenses of our own ideas and opinions and likes and dislikes, which is practically blinding to us.

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