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Extracting Love From the Inner Critic

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Life Coaching
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Jogen Salzberg, Sensei
Meditation Expert and Parts Work Guide
The Inner Critic sometimes, in its painful way, actually points to what we love and value. In this teaching, I offer ways to listen for this and extract nectar from the Critic's poison.
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Cherish
The Inner Critic
We have all heard the voice, the one that ‘should’s’ us and others into action or non action. The voice that always finds something ‘wrong’ in our lives. The voice of our inner critic. On my journey of self-awareness, I have had many run ins with this voice as I’m sure you all have too. I’ve learned to question it for its validity. However, after listening to this coaching session, I may begin to lean in just a tad when I hear that inner critic to see what it is fussing about. The inner critic doesn’t give a voice to things we don’t hold value in. For instance, if we don’t value cleanliness, it will not bring up thoughts, such as, “get to cleaning.” It only speaks to what we hold value in. So, the next time I hear my inner critic begin to speak, I will look more closely at what it is speaking to. Asking myself questions such as, “is this something I hold value in? If so, is my heart in it? Am I giving it my all?” will help me to evaluate the situation. In this way, I will be able to taste the sweet nectar that this inner critic has to offer. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
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Jkt
A little distracted traveling bags over weight
Boarding pass lost, found, not scanning get help Through TSA without second check WiFi not working. Glad I left early Glad I brought everything I did Next time just pay up and move on Stay on my sacred circle from an earlier meditation Take counsel w my inner critic. Let things roll Ah Deep breath.
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Jennifer
Don't get "should on"!
My inner critic tells me things I really want to do. Like being a better listener. No interrupting. More patience. I've harnessed the put downs and the shoulds pretty well over time.