Don’t Label People, Give Respect
When you meet someone even briefly – relative, co-passenger, neighbour, client, shopkeeper or anyone for that matter – do you make conclusions about them? Do you categorically label the person as being either calm, arrogant, not good enough, skinny, dishonest, wise and so on? Society today seems to insist on applying labels on everyone, especially negative ones, too quickly. The risk is that people start living by the negative labels they receive. The energy of labels radiates to them and triggers more of that particular behavior or habit in them. This means, if we repeatedly label someone as dishonest, we reinforce dishonesty in him or her. Let’s give people the privilege to be viewed as pure, perfect individuals. Otherwise we only perceive them through the lens of labels we give. Eventually we also attract that label into our energy field. Everyone has admirable qualities. Focusing on them, magnifying them and giving positive labels will uplift them and also elevate our thinking standards.
If we look at how many times in a day, we judge other people, label them, criticize, compare or assess what they do, the number would be too high. We casually say – He is lazy, she is arrogant, that place is boring… Sometimes we tend to do it unknowingly as though it is very natural and obvious. We even tend to justify such behaviour by saying – I only spoke the truth, after all he or she is like this. It might be the truth but why magnify it and show that person in poor light? Let’s focus on ourselves instead. Today different sources of media are also being used to spread biased views about someone or something, influencing the society to perceive them in that way. By negative judgments and labelling, we not only lower our compassion but we also deplete our own inner power. If we find the need to talk about someone, let us highlight and spread words about their virtues and values. Let go of judging others and stop getting affected by others’ judgments. It is protection for you and empowerment for others.
Message for the day 14-06-2019
To be a judge of the self means to be free from judging others.
Expression: The one who becomes the judge of the self and not that of others, is free from criticising others unnecessarily. Such a person also does not plead his own case by giving excuses and proving himself right. So he is able to bring about a positive change in himself and others are able to take inspiration from the change that he brings in his own life.
Experience: When I am free from giving excuses and reasons for things going wrong, specially to myself, I am able to experience progress in my life. For everything that happens, instead of blaming others I am able to take some new learning and use it for my own self-progress. I am able to remain light because I have no expectations from others, but am able to bring about a change in them through my actions.
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