I just finished reading Tame Your Inner Critic by Della Temple. Here’s the book description, if you’re interested in checking the book out.
If you recognize the desire to step away from the negative self-talk, to learn to nurture and care for your Spirit, then come with me on this journey of discovery – dismantling that destructive inner critic, and uncovering a kind, compassionate and open-hearted view of yourself.
Filled with over 40 meditations and exercises, Tame Your Inner Critic will help you tune into your Spirit as you tune out your inner critic.
You will refine ways to set your attitude, consciously choose your thoughts and feelings, and stay grounded alongside other people’s energies.
Stomp On Your Inner Critic
Here’s a short exercise from Tame Your Inner Critic, showing you a fun way to calm the inner chatter.
Before you begin the exercise, think of a phrase that your inner critic uses to describe you. Maybe you hear the inner critic whispering, “You’re not good enough – hide, before they find out!”, or “Totally unprepared, as usual today!”, or “I can’t believe you actually said that -how dumb are you!” Now follow along as we have some fun smashing that energy to smithereens!
1. Close your eyes and say your phrase out loud. Imagine a ball of energy forming in front of your closed eyes representing this phrase. Spend a moment just looking at that ball of energy. As you visualize the words of your phrase, see them forming a colorful mass of waves of oscillating energy.
2. Next, imagine moving that ball of energy down to the floor by your right foot. Watch it move to the floor. With your eyes still closed, imagine looking down at your right foot and seeing this big ball of energy representing the phrase of your inner critic. Check out the colors of the energy. See it as a big glob of goo on the floor. Acknowledge that this phrase is no longer true for you. It is not your own truth. You don’t need to hold this foreign energy in your body any longer.
3. When you decide that you’re ready to let this energy go … step on it. Stomp on it. Smash it to smithereens! Or, if that is a little too violent for you, just tell it to go away. Watch as that big ball of unworthiness energy disappears. Have fun with this. Make it a game. Release those negative thoughts from your internal dialogue.
I’d love to hear how this worked for you.
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Our featured blogger from last week is Belly Bytes with her post An Empty Swing Stands Waiting in response to the picture prompt.
Prompts for this week
1. If there was a time period you could visit for a day, where would you go? Write about traveling back in time to that day
2. First impressions are not always right
3. What if your mirror started talking to you? What would it say?
4. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J K Rowling
5. Picture prompt – credit Corinne Rodrigues