How do I criticize myself? Let me count the ways. Self criticism is so internal that no one necessarily knows I’m doing it but me. The thousands of thoughts that run through my head on a daily basis are rarely positive. I’m fat, frumpy, not good enough a failure, etc. Why are we so hard on ourselves?
Like any problem realization and acceptance are a start to stopping the inner critic in my mind. Like most problems I face my yoga and meditation practice helps me to begin to control my inner thoughts. Yoga helps me still the constant replay of mostly negative thoughts. In fact the goal of yoga is to still the modifications (thoughts) of the mind.
There is a flip side to self-criticism, I am not unknown to criticize others. Often when I think or say something negative about another it is not to their face. So I realize I can and should be kinder to myself and others.
The word itself criticize has a negative connotation, but constructive criticism is helpful, necessary and often provides an opportunity for growth. So much of whether criticism is helpful or harmful is in the delivery. So before I speak to myself, to others and especially about others I am going to pause, think and maybe rephrase to positive, constructive statements! How lucky I am to have found Svaroopa(R) Yoga to help me along the way.