Do you sometimes judge others?
I think we all do, even if some of us are hesitant to admit it. We judge people by what they wear, their education, their speech, and what we see on their dinner plate are just just a few examples of how we (as individuals, as groups, as ourselves) judge.
Imagine being free of this burden. While we were on The Camino earlier this summer, we had no energy for judgement because we were not confined by our stations. It did not matter if you were a lawyer, a doctor, a student, a farmer — it did not matter (and no one asked). We were left free to enjoy the company of those we met everyday. The friendship and community we experienced was deeply moving.
It was as though I reached a place that is often sought but mostly missed because of a misplaced expectation – a judgement of what should be found. For me, it was this type of community which was free from burdens and ideas of what one should be that resonated within. The challenge today is to keep this community free of expectations – judgements – alive in myself and in ourselves.