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Opinion versus Judgement

Pandara2010-07-04 22:03:01 +0000 #1
Had a question today and although we came to an understanding about it, I would like to post it here to hear different views as well, because I think it can be explored.

When is a statement you make an opinion and when is it a judgement?

Most yogis I know are very careful not to sound judgemental when they say something or when they are asked to comment on an issue.

So how do we know that we are just having an opinion then? Or, worst we may think we have an opinion, but can be viewed as a judgement by the other person.

Would appreciate any views and thoughts on this.
Mirjana2010-07-04 22:11:09 +0000 #2
Hello Pandara,

it is a good question. I think it all depends on your emotional state. If something upset you or make you angry, that's judgment. And if you have a statement and stay calm and neutral inside than it is an opinion. You can take an action to improve something if your opinion is that it needs an improvement but with a calm attitude. So I would say judgment is an opinion with an emotion.

Friendly greetings
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 22:36:19 +0000 #3
If I could articulate it better than my teacher, I would.

Since I cannot, a link.

Aadil Palkhivala on Strength of Mind:

It addresses Judgement versus Discernement (rather than opinion) but I believe it will stimulate the process appropriately.

For me, judgement is when we take observation and make conclusion. This is "bad" that is "good". My yoga is "good". Your yoga is "bad". Those are judgements.

For us, as teachers, it has to be more than trying not to "sound" judgemental. The state of the word flows from the state of the thought. It is only when we can be in a place of non-judgement that it authentically radiates outward. Nothing wrong with a bit of control as we work on it but it must be looked at honestly and transformed from the inside out.

To me, it does not fluxuate relative to emotional states. I can be angry and not be judgemental. Likewise I can be calm and incredibly judgemental (which might be synonymous with pretention or the white shadow).
justwannabe2010-07-04 22:40:56 +0000 #4
my opinion on this

opinions are given humbly with humility and from the heart

my opinion, the world may be on a perfect path

judgements are given with the egos sense of superiority

my judgement, the world needs to change paths, to the path I say is better

there is more to it, yes, but that is where I start to discern the two.

just thoughts

lavina2010-07-04 23:38:27 +0000 #5

Originally Posted by tubeseeker

opinions are given humbly with humility and from the heart

judgements are given with the egos sense of superiority


thank you for these few words that clarify a lot for me
justwannabe2010-07-04 23:19:22 +0000 #6

Originally Posted by lavina

thank you for these few words that clarify a lot for me

the ego will say I deserve this complement

the heart will say if you wish to thank me, please also thank the ones who have taught me this

lavina, you are very welcome my friend

enjoy your journey

Hubert2010-07-04 22:45:33 +0000 #7
You are all wrong, in my opinion.

... sometimes we are judgemental, than we add "in my opinion", in order to not appear too harsh, to appear better.



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