This article is for people who are experienced in mindfulness meditation. If you struggle with self-criticism during your meditation, keep reading to learn about how your meditation can lead to greater self-compassion.
Self-Criticism Has an Effect
Mindfulness Meditation Helps You Be Kind to Yourself in the Rest of Life
Being self-critical when not meditating is one of the main ways in which people inadvertently lay the groundwork for their own suffering. Whether that suffering takes the form of depression, anxiety, or by closing your mind to some of life’s possibilities, it holds you back. If you can remember to use mindfulness as a tool to let go of self-critical thinking, you’ll benefit from it whether you’re meditating or not!
Paul Greene, Ph.D. is a certified meditation instructor, and has been practicing meditation since 1993. He is also trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
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