Judgment is the first of the weeds that “spring” to mind. I have known on some level that If we were to be scored on our ability to judge, I would not doubt get top marks. Yep – you guessed it. I have had many years of practice and have got a very good crop going. This causes me discomfort and is limiting and restricting my life and potential, so it is time to begin weeding! One of the things in a garden, once weeded, we need to cover it or to plant it, otherwise the weeds will go “Yip ee, all this space, and nicely turned soil, let’s get growing. So as I begin the weeding process, it is good for me to be finding the things I want to replace these weeds with & get them planted and cared for straight away. All this work – yet I know this garden will be magnificent & others will be drawn to it. One meaning of “Judgment” is to make a decision after careful consideration! How many of us really have carefully considered a situation or person BEFORE passing a judgment? Most of the time not me – I have looked and cast the verdict, even on myself. Asking the question, “What is going on here?” is a great way to step back and start the ‘careful consideration process’. Do I have all the facts, what is the truth? I am learning that nothing can enter my sphere of influence or my life unless it matches the beliefs and vibrations I hold to be true, even if there is no truth in them. So this means that what I judge and believe will be what shows up in my life. Now that is a scary thought. Thankfully we can change these beliefs and the way we see and do things. Two of the areas I am expert in judging are myself and money! When I judge, (criticise or blame) I am putting boundaries around that situation, I am limiting and restricting the possibilities of the potential of the situation or person. This is what keeps me trapped and those around me trapped. I have defined it as ......and that is the energy it takes & keeps. So now I have discovered this weed of judgment, what am I doing about it? I am learning to be the observer. Just that, being an observer. An onlooker, a bystander. I am learning to watch the thoughts that come into my head as I observe, and to ask myself questions about those thoughts. Ask questions, not from the perspective of judging, or needing to find the answer, but to ask questions from the place of curiosity, no investment in what I observe, no conclusions attached. This is also helping me to watch my language, my words, so that there is no judgment in them. I am excited to have found this weed, to start to discover what has been hidden under the judgment, to find what it has choked. The soil has been deficient in compassion, understanding, acceptance and love. The wonder and curiosity this birthing is producing is a bit challenging as I am required to be totally honest & transparent. However for the most part it is fun and draws me to dig deeper, and then who knows where this journey will take me.