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How To Cultivate Non-Judgment

By September 4, 2016May 23rd, 2019No Comments

“As you cultivate empathy in your life the drive or compulsion to judge starts to evaporate.”

Rich Roll

Humans love duality. But there is great beauty in the grey that lives between the lines.

Black and white. Good and bad. Evolution and regression. We are hard wired to categorize. To pick a team and stick with it. It’s our way of making sense of the world. But too often this inclination to self-identify only serves to isolate and divide — working at cross-purposes with our competing desire to more deeply connect with our fellow humans.

So what happens when we resist the urge to judge another? This week on the podcast Julie and I peer beyond dogma, belief systems and categories to embrace the grey.

Consider it a thought experiment in forsaking judgment for empathy as a path to better understand others and the environments we co-inhabit.


Specific topics include:

  • creating and cultivating community
  • the difference between discernment and judgment
  • enhancing sustainability in consumer choice
  • finding your authentic voice

We end the episode with a rendition of the Hedy West song 500 Miles by Julie (aka SriMati) and our boys’ band Ana Leimma.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the conversation.

Peace + Plants,


P.S. – Julie and I are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting our second retreat Plantpower Tuscany October 1-8, 2016. As of the date of this post, there are a few spots still available but they are likely to go quickly. So if you want to attend and experience a magical week in Italy exploring your inner landscape, please get in touch with us soon.  For everything you need to know about the program, itinerary, pricing and accommodations please visit

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Background, Context & Reference:

Notable People Discussed:

  • Shannon Leto: American musician and songwriter best known as the drummer of rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars
  • Neil Strauss: American author, journalist and ghostwriter, with both American and Kittitian citizenship
  • Josh LaJaunie: Louisiana native who transformed his life and inspired his community to embrace healthy living

Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, interstitial music and audio engineering; Chris Swan for production assistance & show notes; Shawn Patterson for graphics; and Ana Leimma for the theme music. Credit for the episode thumbnail and large image goes to the talented Reece Robinson, a Skidmore student who attended our Italy retreat this past May. Check out his amazing photography at Thanks for the great image Reece!

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