Inner Growth Word of the Day: Judging
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 1. to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises. 2. to form an estimate or evaluation of. 3. to hold as an opinion.
Judging in a sentence: Judging someone or something doesn’t mean there’s only one judgement; but rather, there can be differing conclusions depending on who is the one judging.
Judging in action: Formulating a defined opinion on someone or something is judging.
Judging and inner growth: If you take a step back when judging to explore where that opinion is coming from you will find out a lot about the way you arrive at certain conclusions and what affects these conclusions. This type of exploration leads to inner growth because instead of focusing on the person or thing you are judging, you focus on you and where that judgement stems from.
Judging and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What does judging mean to me? How has judging affected my life? When does judging take place the most for me? How does judging affect my relationships? Does someone influence my judging? When I explore judging and my application of it, what does this say about me?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with judging at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick five words and next to each write out a life event where judging took place. From these five instances, write about the ones where you were the one judging someone or something by using the words from your first list.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about judging and allow them to flow freely. Notice what emotions arise more often than others and pick one of these emotions to focus on. As you focus, take note of where your feelings seem to be coming from. At this point allow thoughts to come in and notice what life event comes to mind. When you’re ready to focus on one of them, do so and tune in to your feelings.
Your turn – Share your judging sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂