A few weeks ago I heard a speaker on education, but instead of learning about adolescent behavior I was taught a lesson in the behavior of my own mind. A person in the back of the auditorium had been chatting throughout the session, and my mind was not okay with it. Instead of focusing on that which I had showed up for, my thoughts were preoccupied with judgement. Even afterwards when the event had passed and was no more than a thought in my mind, I chose to keep the memory of a person I deemed “rude” alive through further internal judgement, not to mention commiserating with my friend who had also noticed this slight disruption.
In my last post I celebrated the incomprehensible mystery that is every individual human being. When my mind was busy judging a person for behavior I felt was unacceptable I was operating completely unaware of this intrinsic truth.
How do we foster compassion for other human beings when it is so easy to reduce them into nothing more than thoughts in our heads? The following video with author Karen Armstrong, on Super Soul Sunday, offers concrete tools for experiencing the depth of inherent mystery within all people: