Gossip is toxic. You need to become aware when you are being poisoned by gossip and do an immediate detox.
- People talk about others in order to avoid sharing themselves and their truth.
- Because they are avoiding their truth, they usually project what they are covering up about themselves in others.
- If you listen to this gossip, you get a distorted mirror of others.
- If you act based on this distortion, your actions and interactions are distorted.
- You are no longer master of your actions or interactions. Others are controlling it through gossip.
Here’s a story to illustrate this point.
Let us say that you were waiting for a spiritual master to visit your house. You are inspired and excited and you look forward to a time of harmony and inner peace, growth and inspiration.
But your friend comes in first, and she told you not to allow this person in because this person was a serial killer. She had heard that this person was being interrogated in relation to a series of killings and that he was a suspect.
The door opens, and there, in the threshold, is the spiritual master. What do you see?
Do you see the spiritual master that YOU chose because he inspired you and your soul felt rich and heard in his presence?
Do you see a serial killer who is a danger and will kill you?
Reacting to others based on what third parties say is allowing others to steal your eyes.
Stop gossip on its tracks. Seek to see with your own eyes. Trust your judgment. And when needed, do your own research.
“But why trust others blindly?” you may ask.
Exactly. You don’t have to trust others blindly. That especially includes those who spread gossip.
To detox from gossip, follow these six steps:
- Stop it before it spreads. Stop the gossiper and do not repeat the gossip.
- Seek the truth in your heart and listen.
- See with your own eyes. Trust your own perception.
- When needed do due diligence and find factual information in appropriate places
- Shower yourself in compassion to cleanse yourself from the toxins, and
- Practice non-judgment.
When you judge others, you are judging yourself.