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When I was a kid, my mom said I only had two gears: full-throttle and comatose. I would go and go and go until collapsing on the carpet.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to better moderate my gears and grow in awareness of the gauges on my internal console. I check in with myself and consider when my fuel is getting low; when I’m running too hot or too cold; and when I need some maintenance.
I’ve also learned that when my tiredness gauge is full-up, my inner critic becomes very loud. When I push myself too hard – without creating space to rest and simply be – that harsh voice begins to point out all the reasons I should be an insecure, anxious wreck.
Instead of debating my inner critic (a foolhardy strategy I tried for years), I now know that this voice is simply a red light on the console! It’s an indicator that I need to slow down and allow my soul to catch up to my body.
When I offer myself the nurturing space for rest and spiritual practice, the volume button of the inner critic quiets and I can return to the strength and grounded security of my inner wisdom.
This week’s featured practice, “Releasing Anxiety,” is a powerful remedy for when your inner critic is loud and the red lights on your console are flashing. Give yourself the gift of carving out a few minutes for some much-needed and well-deserved self-care.
When our thinking becomes compulsive around a situation and we find our thoughts swirling around and around, we create havoc and anxiety in our lives.
This spiritual practice invites us to pause and consider how to open our head’s intelligence to new arenas of consideration.