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Have you found yourself arguing your point of view certain that you are right and the other person is wrong? Are you sometimes amazed at some of the unusual or bizarre things that people do? Why is it that there are Trump supporters and others who are incredulous that he's even in the running?

Where do your attitudes come from and are they in fact valid? Once we start to pinpoint why we think and behave the way we do it's easier to appreciate that others do their world differently given the origin of their own set of experiences. Understanding the basis of our beliefs can free up our judgmental selves to be more open to understand, accept, and build on the diversity of others.

In his book 'The Habit of Mindfulness', Sean O'Connor offers the following passage taken from The Buddha to reflect on over the course of the day and to refer to over the course of your life.

  • "Do not believe in something because it is reported.

  • Do not believe in something because it has been practiced by generations or becomes a tradition or part of a culture.

  • Do not believe in something because a scripture says it is so.

  • Do not believe in something believing a god has inspired it.

  • Do not believe in something a teacher tell you to.

  • Do not believe in something because the authorities say it is so.

  • Do not believe in hearsay, rumour, speculative opinion, public opinion, or mere acceptance to logic and inference alone.

  • Help yourself, accept as completely true only that which is praised by the wise and which you test for yourself and know to be good for yourself and others."


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