I get really irritated when someone tells me that I’m not on the right spiritual path. I find it insulting and frustrating and sometimes it even angers me depending on how they approach me. I dislike feeling judged for my beliefs just because they don’t align with the views of others, especially mainstream religions. How can they believe that their world view is the only right world view?
I saw this quote from the Dalai Lama and it really resonated with me. It made me realize that I wouldn’t feel judged for my beliefs if I wasn’t somehow judging others for theirs. After all, my external reality is a reflection of my internal reality. I must have judgment hiding somewhere in my heart in order to feel the judgment of others so acutely. Clearly I want Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc…to be more open to my beliefs which means I am not accepting them for who they are. Yes, it hurts that they think I will burn in hell for my beliefs, but that doesn’t mean I need to scoff and scorn their beliefs in return.
I want to work on being more accepting, forgiving, loving and compassionate. I want to take the Dalia Lama’s words to heart and learn be the change I wish to see in the world. This post is one small step. Let’s hope I can take many more like it!
Wish me luck, please!