Many of our problems are caused by Judging Mind. To be distracted, annoyed, depressed, enraged, overwhelmed, sick — whatever — need not be a big problem. These temporary states can become a big problem when we believe what Judging Mind tells us about them.
Our minds are designed to label things as “good” or “bad”. Speeding truck headed toward me as I cross the street? “Bad!” Now I know not to cross the street. Steaming plate of good-smelling food when I’m hungry? “Good!” Now I know I have an opportunity to nourish myself.
This kind of judging is not a problem. But our minds take things so much further. We judge things that are not useful to judge, like our own feelings and those of others. We don’t pay attention to whether that works for us. We assume if the mind says it’s OK, then it must be useful to judge. We judge our feelings, then identify some of them as “Bad” and thus to be avoided. Then we get into a spiral of fighting our feelings. We don’t notice that this doesn’t help, or if we do, we don’t know what to “do about it.”
Can we stop Judging Mind? I don’t think so. But we don’t have to believe what it tells us. What happens when we let those judging thoughts just be judging thoughts? Labeling Judging Mind as Judging Mind allows us to separate from it and take it less seriously.