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Inspired Living: The Voice of ‘Not Enough’ ~ Tips on How You Can Tame this Inner Critic
Written by Gina Rafkind of VedaSun   

   You wake up, create your ‘To Do’ list, finish planning out your day and before you know it, it’s 5 pm in the afternoon and you look at your list and think,

“What did I do all day? I didn’t get anything done!”

   So as your eyes scan down the list to see all that you did not get done, you can feel the frustration surface in your body as a hot flash, faster pulse and the furrowing of a brow.  Any of this sound familiar?

   Isn’t it amazing how we are so quick to judge ourselves for what we didn’t do, instead of looking at what we DID do?

   We make a list of things to do and cringe when we see things not crossed off our list…or maybe we even cross off 2 of the 8 things…..but still, it’s not enough. Actually, would it even be enough if we did cross off all 8 tasks? Or would we still not feel satisfied, craving more and more?

   I talk with many people and hear the ‘not enough’ talk very often. If you listen closely and pay attention, you can hear it in others too…and you may even notice it within yourself as a voice in your head that tells you, ‘you never do enough….you might as well give up…you’ll never change.’

Ah… but you can change!

   We always have a choice in every situation – yes, every one! We can choose how to respond instead of react to what is going on within us, and outside of us.

   Let’s look at how we can tame that ‘not enough’ voice. Here are some tips you can apply as a daily practice to start becoming more aware of, and thus tame, that inner critic.

1.)  Set the intention to become aware of when the ‘not enough’ voice shows up.

2.)  Once you become aware of this inner critic, notice the thoughts that surface from that voice.

3.)  Take a deep belly breath and notice the sensations you feel in your body from thinking those thoughts.

4.)  Allow those sensations to exist in your body without judging them or trying to make them go away…just feel them and let them be there for a few minutes.

5.)  Take another deep belly breath and notice what happened in your body after feeling those sensations for a few minutes.

6.)  Write what you noticed or any insights you received during or after this process.

7.)  Repeat daily and as often as needed.

   As you apply this practice daily, you will notice a shift in that voice. The more ‘aware’ you become of those thoughts of the ‘not enough’ voice, there is no way that a shift cannot happen.

   I notice that when I apply this practice, a softening occurs within me as I allow the sensations I feel in my body to be there, not forcing anything to happen. I also feel more self-compassion which allows me to notice what it is I really need in that moment when the ‘not enough’ voice shows up. And then I am actually grateful for that part of me that got my attention that something was missing.

   These voices or inner critics exist within us so they are a part of us. Pushing them away will only make them try harder to get your attention. Stop, take a breath, and practice the steps above and see how your inner critic may actually turn into an inner ally.

 

inhale~enjoy~exhale,

Gina

VedaSun empowers you to unleash your radiant inner being, and guides you to align this energy to your outer experiences to live your most vibrant life ever ~ a life of peace, joy and bliss ~ mixing in a little bit of fun along the way! Sign up for Gina's free report, Break~Out, Be~Free at http://www.VedaSun.com.

 
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