Many writers are well acquainted with the “Inner Critic.” It is the voice that makes us second-guess our writing by saying “not enough,” “not good enough,” or sometimes “too much.” No matter how brilliant the writing, the Inner Critic would have us believe it belongs on the trash.
But the Inner Critic is not invincible, though at times it may seem so, promises Mark Coleman in his new book, Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic (New World Library, November 15, 2016).
It offers readers practical tools for developing awareness and compassion necessary to make a radical shift in the way we think and feel about ourselves. It explores the big picture of the critic and self judgment. And it offers the skills needed to work with the critic, including the power of love to move past its negative impact.
Coleman speaks from personal experience. In his late teens, he was a punk rocker with a lot of rage, whose mind was full of self-flagellation. From his Inner Critic’s point of view, every decision he made was wrong, stupid or hopeless. Then he discovered mindfulness meditation and began the slow process of uprooting those critical voices. Now a renowned meditation teacher, Coleman learned the value of compassion and awareness to “navigate life’s inner and outer storms.”
“There is so much pain in life. And it is sad to watch people needlessly add to that by beating themselves up,” writes Coleman. “It is the love in our hearts that allows us to be vulnerable enough to recognize the burdens we carry. Love gives us a quiet strength that enables us to keep the critic at bay, hold our pain tenderly, and begin the journey of healing.”
Mark Coleman is the founder of the Mindfulness Institute and has guided students on five continents as a corporate consultant, counselor, meditation teacher and wilderness guide. Visit him online at: http://www.MarkColeman.org