“The loudest arguments happen in your own head, and your greatest opponent, is yourself.” Mike Dooley – TUT
I used to beat myself up and criticize myself all of the time. I was my own worst enemy. At the end of the day where I had accomplished a lot and been of service to many, I could only remember the few things I did wrong and not the numerous things I had done right. And if I thought it was major, I could beat myself up for days or longer. If someone else beat me up as badly as I did to myself, I would have called him or her abusive and not tolerated their behavior, but it took me a long time to realize what I was doing to myself.
Mindfulness has really helped me to stop beating myself up. I have learned to accept and surrender. I was doing the best I could at the time. If at the end of the day, I was unhappy about something I did, I would accept that I had done it and come up with a plan for how to deal with that type of situation in the future. I would learn from the circumstance and let go.
Do you criticize yourself? If yes, how can you be less critical and more supportive?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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