Rev. Jimmie Scott
In a recent New York Times article written by Charlotte Lieberman titled “Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself,” she stated that “self-criticism can take a tool on our minds and bodies.”
I have personally learned the consequences of repeatedly beating myself up for every perceived mistake I made during a troubled adolescent and early adulthood. The struggles with those experiences led to a negative self-image and a lack of motivation. This stymied much of my maturation process throughout my twenties and thirties.
But finding a spiritual teaching that helped me understand what I was doing to myself in my late thirties turned me in an entirely different direction. My growth from that point forward has been incredible.
Light is always available. If you have overdeveloped the habit of self-criticism, in the words of Doctor “Bob” Newhart, “Stop it.”
The road does get smoother.
Keep moving forward!