Perhaps, rather than labelling them 'good' and 'evil' (which also has unpleasant christian nuances or hellfire etc), we could think of our selves as being a mix of love and fear. It is our fear which drives us to fight, to resent, to protect our 'fragile' selves against real or imagined threats. Our fear prompts us to draw back from others, to view them with suspicion, alert for danger. It is our love which prompts us to compassion, to empathy, to kindness, to move out into the world of others with confidence in our strength and abilities. We need our fear - we've survived as a species because of it - but we need not live in it.
On Sep 19, 2014Mish wrote :
On Sep 20, 2014Jenna Berrie wrote :
Thank you :)
On Sep 20, 2014Amy wrote :
Love . . . Love . . . Love, Jenna! Most often our "labeling" (for good or for bad) is not entirely accurate. Assume nothing. Ty,
On Sep 21, 2014Jenna Berrie wrote :
Yes! We just don't know what's 'good' or 'bad' - but we judge everything, anyway. It's hard-wired into our biology. Even single celled creatures will approach (good), avoid (bad) things in their environment - our subconscious brain makes the same kind of judgements about everything we come across before our consciousness even knows there's anything there. Ah well, we can get around that automatic judgement if we're patient enough.
On Sep 21, 2014aj wrote :
So true Jenna! Sometimes, in effort to not let a judgment "carry on" (as it will), I have to mindfully turn my brain off! It works best to allow God to be the judge (since He knows the WHOLE story)!
On Sep 22, 2014Jenna Berrie wrote :
Using mindfulness to damp down an emotional response / judgement is a great tactic! Emotions can hijack us so quickly if we don't monitor our thinking.
On Sep 23, 2014david doane wrote :
Thinking can hijack us very quickly also -- as you said, it's important to monitor our thinking, and very closely. I'm always suspicious of my thinking.