“You have been criticizing yourself for years,
and it hasn’t worked.
Try approving of yourself
and see what happens.”
– Louise L. Hay
Having grown up in a Christian culture, it is hard for me to believe that there is a religious culture (if it is correct to use the term “religious” to describe the Dalai Lama?) that is devoid of this kind of thought. OTOH I think about my own mother and how, despite her chastisement of me when I behaved selfishly, she rarely if ever expressed negativity toward herself or other people. Just never saw it happen. She was truly an amazing woman. So, with all this in mind, I am posting this on my seekingspirit page.
Feelings of unworthiness, shame, and self-hatred seem to show up all too often in daily life – we see it in our work, our families, and maybe even experience it ourselves.But there’s at least one person in the world who’s not especially familiar with such feelings. In fact, he didn’t even know the meaning of the term self-hatred.
Jack Kornfield, PhD, reveals more in the video below, and shares two strategies that can help people heal a negative self -image and learn to love themselves.
Take a look – it’s just over four minutes.
How have you used mindfulness – in your work or in your life – to deal with self-criticism or other negative feelings? Please share your experience in the comment section below.