Mindfulness is synonymous with being non judgmental, but why?
Obviously there are therapeutic benefits of adopting this attitude along with the fact that western psychological and behavioral models bridge the gap from eastern philosophy to western therapy through this idea.
But lets look at how the idea of non judgment relates to the nature of consciousness itself.
We know that consciousness is all inclusive meaning that anything that comes in to our awareness is always permitted simple because of that fact that it is happening. Painful memories can be suppressed as a comping mechanism by an individual but if that pain is triggered it is still fully permitted by our awareness and comprehension even if we dread it.
On the level of the senses you’re ears don’t have any opinion about what they hear and you’re feet don’t have an issues with you’re shoes. In fact when if we feel pain it is a natural signal that you’re nervous system sends as a safety mechanism. Even these sensations can be experienced for what they are without resentment or opinions about them.
This is all because consciousness is all inclusiveness.
I feel that the teachings of the east have noted this quality of consciousness and tried to instill this in people by humanizing it in the emotion of acceptance or being non judgmental. In fact i think we as human beings can only understand this inclusiveness as acceptance.
As cognitive beings there is always a polarity in our experience of what we want to happen and what actually happens. So adopting a non judgmental attitude is the humanizing of the all inclusive awareness quality.