On a more subtle level, we need to recognize that we express a lack of reverence toward others when we communicate using harsh words, or by displaying offensive gestures and facial expressions. Whenever we make judgments about people -- labeling them selfish, ignorant, arrogant, and so forth -- we relate to those people as if they were fixed objects and 'kill off' our connection to their individuality and inherently divine nature.

Matthew Flickstein in Swallowing the River Ganges by Matthew Flickstein

 

To Practice This Thought:
Guard your words, your gestures, and your facial expressions to make sure they reflect only respect for others.