“Man is what he believes.”
— Anton Chekhov
Yesterday the topic was about removing boundaries and obstacles in an effortless way, and today we encounter the healing path. Healing comes as we recognize ourselves as wise, joyful and loving. You have always had this divineness of who you really are, you just have to come to the realization by getting to your core beliefs.
Today we tackle self-judgment. We often have negative feelings about parts of ourselves and spend a lot of time burying those feelings. You cannot separate from parts of yourself and be whole. Unless we overcome self-judgment we can’t expect life to flow the way we want to. One key factor to remember is that if you start to expect resistance it will increase and we have to face them. What needs to change is our expectations. Always expect the best with no doubt and you will get the best. In the same way, yourself is more than what you feel and to feel fulfilled and whole take any moment of self-judgment and turn it around. To reach your fourth core belief, “I am fulfilled and whole,” you must overcome self-judgment and embrace our whole. We reinforce our wholeness every time we meditate.
Today’s Message of the Day:
“In today’s meditation, we look at how to heal self-judgment. Self-judgment is the compromised belief that gives rise to feelings of guilt, shame, self-criticism, and self-recrimination. Self-judgment happens when one part of our divided self judges another part of us. Instead of our self functioning as an integrated whole, it fights and resists itself.
This leaves us feeling divided, depleted, and unhappy – the opposite of our core belief “I am fulfilled.” To heal this self-judgment, we can return to the wholeness of our true self. And in the midst of activity, we can also heal it by asking ourselves what we really want. In that answer, we move away from self-blame and toward the inner fulfillment we truly desire.”
The CENTERING THOUGHT for today’s meditation experience was:
“I joyfully accept myself.”
The SANSKRIT MANTRA used in the meditation:
Om Aieem Namah
(My true Self is inspired and wise.)
This mantra brings recognition of our true self as wise joyful and loving.
Today’s four journal prompts were:
- Write down the aspects of yourself that you criticize the most.
- For each aspect, describe at least one time when you showed behavior completely free of these self-judgments.
- Reflect on the gap between reality and your negative self-beliefs, then write down what you would tell a friend who held similar beliefs about how one-sided and unrealistic they are.
- Use this space to reflect further on your experience today.
Exploring these journal exercises help us recognize how hard we are on ourselves sometimes and what a waste of time and energy that is.
May your evenings be peaceful and your days energetic!