rather than believing this voice of the "inner critic" and feeling crap inside,
or perhaps trying to fight against it by pushing it away,
or trying hard to consciously love yourself despite its harping on at you,
Instead: consciously work on loving the one inside you who is criticising!
Say to that part of yourself that is criticising you:
"Ah honey, I know you wanted me to do better, I know you're disappointed sweetie, I know you want me always to do a perfect job, but it's ok, I love you! And I appreciate you for wanting the best for me."
As you practice this over time,
gradually you will find,
your Inner Critic is actually just
another face of your little Inner Child,
the one who is young and vulnerable inside you,
who worries about what other people think,
who is actually just crying out for love and appreciation
and thinks it needs you to behave perfectly
to be worthy of that love.
When you can give that nurturing love and appreciation to your Inner Critic,
you discover the little Inner Child behind it
hungry for love.
And wondrously, your own love is enough!
Inspired by Matt Kahn, TrueDivineNature.com