Yesterday I went hiking in a bathing suit and hiking boots. I thought the combo looked funny, but I decided I didn’t mind.
When I mentioned that the bathing suit and hiking boots look funny, someone told me that was a judgment.
Here’s the subtle nuance that I see between perception and judgment:
It’s my perception that the hiking boots and bathing suit combo is funny looking. I can trust my perception because that’s what is true for me right now.
A judgment is a conclusion that needs to be defended…like if someone else said the combo wasn’t funny looking, and I needed to convince them that my perception was correct.
Or, a judgment could manifest as a conclusion that my perception is wrong and needs to be changed. Any judgment added to perception basically causes confusion.
But since I don’t buy in to judgment, I’m free to play with my perception in any way I like. In this case, I acknowledged my perception that I look funny and decided I don’t mind.
In another case, it may appeal to me to change my clothing and or shoes. All of it is for fun and creative play.