Mark Coleman is the author of Make Peace with Your Mind and Awake in the Wild. He is the founder of the Mindfulness Institute and has guided students on five continents as a corporate consultant, counselor, meditation teacher, and wilderness guide. He lives in Northern California. Please visit him online at www.awakeinthewild.com.
Our minds tell us stuff that isn’t true. It plagues us with beliefs we got from family, school, television or magazines. We hear messages like: you aren’t very smart; you aren’t thin enough or macho enough. The range of negativity and constant bombardment is so intense that most of us believe what we hear in our heads. We live in a constant state of not feeling good enough and of being afraid to do what we really want because we just know we would fail. The truth is that all of these messages are wrong. I was working with a client this week who believed she wasn’t articulate. When we started talking about her love of art, her whole body relaxed, she leaned back in her chair and her conversation became fluid, easy and with sophisticated language and sentence structure. This was the exact opposite of what she believed to be true. We can change those messages in our heads and then change our lives. Please join us Thursday to learn how you can be free of self-criticism.