Guest blog: Observing without opinion, by Holly LotzNovember 30, 2011 at 10:02 AM by Holly Lotz
“If one knows what the particular disease is there is the possibility of curing it. To know the particular limitation, bondage or hindrance of the mind, and to understand it, one must not condemn it, one must not say it is right or wrong. One must observe it without having an opinion, a prejudice about it--which is extraordinarily difficult, because we are brought up to condemn.
First, this is amazing because it gives me faith that I can cure my Crohn’s Disease, contrary to what modern medicine believes. I know, or believe, that the active state of my CD is influenced, if not directly affected by stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise. I don’t know if I can completely ward off flare ups by controlling the above; I do believe I can have an affect on the severity though, which is why I began my ‘62 Days of Summer’ challenge, to develop a lifestyle that is balanced and sustainable for the long haul.
Interesting twist though; here I am being told that in order to cure, one must observe without judgement. I have not mastered this aspect, of being non-judgmental to my own body, especially when it is sick and letting me down and taking me further and further away from where I think I need to be to reach my goals. Basically J. Krishnamurti is telling me that I can not hate my intestines when they are on fire inside of me if I want them to heal. It makes sense though, how can I expect my intestines to heal and stay healthy when surrounded by hate. Observe without opinion.
This can be transferred in to any and all aspects of life. Observe what your stomach is telling you while eating without opinion. Observe what your body is telling you during your yoga practice without opinion. Observe what you mind is telling you while in that fight over who is right or wrong...without opinion...let go of the ego.
“The ego asks a thousand questions for which there are no answers.”
-A Course in Miracles
Try it with me this week :)
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