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A Better Way to Talk to Yourself

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going

to talk about your inner voice.

So take a moment to think about

the tone of your inner voice.

How do you talk to yourself?

Is it really loving and kind?

Or is it a bit critical and harsh?

Chances are, if you're a human

being, it's probably closer

to the latter than the former.

And interestingly, if other people will

talk to us the way we talk to ourselves,

we'd probably cut them out of our life.

And yet we tend to get

away with it ourselves.

And actually there are certainly times

when we let other people talk to us

in a negative way, because we tolerate

that kind of talk from ourselves.

But in general, our inner critic

tends to be much harsher than

anything we would allow from other

people or expect from other people.

And so what would it be like to instead

talk to yourself in the same way

you would talk to a good friend, or

expect a good friend to talk to you?

This is a really simple exercise

you can apply to your life to

increase self-compassion and

really just to feel better.

You don't necessarily need to be going

through anything, particularly difficult.

Just practice talking to yourself

throughout the day like you

would talk to a good friend.

Rooting yourself on, reminding

yourself that you got this, telling

yourself that it will be okay if you're

going through something difficult.

You can even imagine texting yourself

as if you were texting a friend and

then how would a friend text you back.

And try and talk to yourself in that way.

So in addition to just saying these

things, see if you can also feel

the kindness and goodness in the

tone and sentiment as if you were

saying from the same place of heart,

you would say them to a friend.

So you don't want to just say

like, Oh yeah, you're doing great.

But really try to feel that,

really try to feel those words.

It's a simple technique, but

it can often be quite powerful.

So try it out throughout your day

and maybe for the rest of your life.

Thanks for your practice.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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