Week Three: Second Day

Grace and your Inner Critic

Most of us experience an inner critic. This critic is good in that it can help us to learn from our own behavior. For example, when adults learn to play an instrument they are able to evaluate their own playing.

The problem is that our constant evaluation of ourselves can get in the way of our practice. It can also be derived out of and lead to a sense of self-contempt. As you go through today, try to be aware of both: a) what you tend to say to yourself as you make mistakes and b) how you tend to talk to yourself. Write down

  • The event
  • What you said to yourself
  • The emotional character of that self-communication
  • How might you, without judging your inner critic, encourage a more accepting and positive form of self-critique?