The most dangerous


Another reason I sit and breath – it cultivates a new way of dealing with self criticism; the following is from a post by Brian Johnson.  Hope you have a great day re-framing your inner critic.  It kinda reminds me of my responses when I was an adolescent and hadn’t built up a lot permanent “shoulds” yet and let shit roll off my back (well except the response to criticism #1 below –  I may believe it, but it’s worded too damn “lala” for me, I’m too cynical)
And Samuel Goldwyn’s quote is fuck’n brilliant – pointing to the difference between being either caught up in OR being in denial. That fine balance of just being

Ah, the inner critic.As the Buddha says, “More than those who hate you, more than all your enemies, an undisciplined mind does greater harm.”

How true is that?!? How’s your internal dialogue? Are you even aware of just how much you criticize yourself?  It’s pretty crazy when we really start to notice what’s going on up there in our minds!!

And, of course, we face a barrage of criticism from the outside world. In her brilliant book, The Gifted Adult, Mary-Elaine Jacobsen spends an entire chapter walking us through the criticisms commonly thrown at gifted adults and provides some  alternative responses.

Like these:

CRITICISM #8: “Can’t You Just Stick with One Thing?”
NEW RESPONSE: “No, Probably Not.”

CRITICISM #10: “Why Don’t You Slow Down?”
NEW RESPONSE: “Going Fast Is Normal for Me.”

CRITICISM #1: “Who Do You Think You Are?”
NEW RESPONSE: “A Humble Everyday Genius Called to Serve.”

“The most dangerous of our prejudices reign in ourselves against ourselves. To dissolve them is a creative act.” ~ Hugo von Hofsmannsthal

“Don’t pay any attention to the critics-don’t even ignore them.” ~ Samuel Goldwyn


2 Responses to “The most dangerous”

  1. May 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    When I examine my own practice, I can (sometimes) see that both the criticisms and the responses are both just storytelling – fables I tell myself while we’re for enlightenment to show up.

    Maybe our real work (at least, it’s my work) is to reveal our stories so fully that we no longer believe in them. Then what…? I dunno, but I’m looking forward to it!

  2. 2 johnherberger
    May 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    For me the “trickiness” is to know when examination is what is in order, and when merely observing is called for.
    Usually sitting (for me) is observing and not being caught up in (and not digging any deeper into the meaning) of what is arising.
    There are times (for me) however things come to the surface that require further examination (and a change in thought, belief or action) – even if that particular moment is not the best suited time to examine it.
    It is that fine line between action and nonaction that Samuel Goldwyn’s quote makes me smile!

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