I have a confession to make—I rarely watch the news. I don’t own a TV and I don’t get the newspaper. I find my news passing by newsstands as I walk, and at times, I’ll hear about it from others.
So I am surprised at myself for knowing about the Lance Armstrong story, and seeing his Oprah interview.
What I found the most interesting is the fact that first of all—he is a human being like any other. And no matter who you are—a heavy degree of judgement never feels good—particularly, when every press outlet on the planet is having a great time covering your challenges and judging you in the process with sensational headlines. Especially when he is probably judging himself enough, never mind the fact that the whole world has some opinion on him.
In yoga philosophy, one of the main practices is learning to release judgement. It is cultivating our ability to see everyone with love, compassion and understanding, without the need to label whether that other person is “good” or “bad.”
So, if I’ve learned anything about Lance, it’s been a reminder to release judgements and practice yoga through living yoga which means letting go of a need to label, judge, or criticize.