An Apprentice in TACO told me this story recently,
and we decided it would be fun to pass it on. One can only smile
at how our Inner Judge is able to find fault, in spite of common
sense or rational logic:
Whenever she was cleaning up her kitchen,
The Apprentice would be quietly angry at her husband for not
helping with the dishes. One night she discovered some plates
that were not washed well, and she had to clean them over again.
In that moment, she heard herself judging her husband for not
paying attention and not doing a better job when he washed the
The Apprentice had enough self-awareness to
catch herself in her contradiction: She could have one of these
judgements, but she could not have both. Her husband could not
be guilty of never washing dishes AND washing them carelessly.
In her moment of clarity she found laughter, and released her
husband from both judgments-- and the subtle punishments that
had accompanied them.
By releasing her unconscious judgments, The
Apprentice was free to initiate a conversation with her husband
which resulted in more communication and mutual support in their
The moral of the story? Of course, it is that
the more aware we become of the "Mitote" in our minds,
AND the more acceptance and humor we can find in our own folly,
the more love that we can bring to our lives and our relationships.
The Apprentice has dedicated herself to exploring ALL of her
inner dialog, and consciously choosing her beliefs and attitudes.
If that is a goal in YOUR life, I believe
this Toltec path offers many valuable and powerful tools to
make that dream a reality. Here at Joydancer.com and TACO we
are dedicated to supporting your journey of awakening.