"The tendency to be judgmental- toward yourself and others- is a good barometer of how anxious or stressed out you are. Judging others is simply the flip side of judging yourself. Anxiety by its very nature will lead you to lose objectivity about the complex, wonderful, flawed, ever-changing person you are. When you can't see yourself objectivity, you won't see anyone else objectively either. Every human life is unique, and every human life has value. We're not meant to be anyone else but ourselves. May we do what it takes to let go of anxiety-driven judgements and comparisons. Life is short, and none of us have that kind of time"
~Harriot Lerner, PhD
I immensely appreciate Pema Chodran's talk below about how to cultivate courage....which is essential in tackling the anxiety & stress outlined above.