Have you ever been a witness to your own behavior? It is like watching yourself act as if you are separate from your actions.
I was in a workshop creating on an art project. I noticed that part of me was getting frustrated because I was taking too long, the project was not turning out how I wanted, and my work did not look as good as other people’s projects. It was if there was a voice in my mind telling me I was not doing it right. As time passed I began to feel overwhelmed. I noticed that each time I made progress a part of me would criticize my efforts or the work itself. That was when I realized there was an “inner critic” operating within and it could be ruthless. Once I discovered that part of myself I was able to consciously ask that voice to be quiet and take a break. [Read more…]