A reminder for all of us who are working on self observation and dealing with our inner critic.

Be gentle with yourself on this part of the journey.

listen to yourself

Self-Observation Without Judgment 

Release the harsh and pointed inner voice.

It’s just a throwback to the past,
and holds no truth about this moment.

Let go of self-judgment, the old,
learned ways of beating yourself up
for each imagined inadequacy.

Allow the dialogue within the mind
to grow friendlier, and quiet.

Shift out of inner criticism and life
suddenly looks very different.

I can say this only because I make
the choice a hundred times a day to release the voice that refuses to
acknowledge the real me.

What’s needed here isn’t more prodding toward perfection, but
intimacy – seeing clearly, and embracing what I see.

Love, not judgment, sows the
seeds of tranquility and change.

Danna Faulds from “One Soul”

The last line will be with me all day 🙂

36 comments on “* Inspiration – Self Observation

  1. Thanks for sharing these beautiful words, a lovely start to my day!

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  2. Thank you for this loving and wise reminder Val. Have a beautiful, lovingly self-caring day.

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  3. This will stay with me – and when I forget, I will refer back…Thank you Val!

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  4. Yes! “When we have conquered the enemy within . . . there are no enemies left to conquer.”

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  5. As soon as I read it I told my self – that last line – carry it with you. And then I read your comment! 🙂 I will deal with myself with love.

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  6. Just read those words from Danna aloud out to Jeannie. As so often in life, the truth is clear when we have our eyes opened! Val, would love to republish your post over on Learning from Dogs.

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  7. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    Yes, my friend. One hundred times a day. Apply love liberally.

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  8. Beautiful! ❤
    Diana xo

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  9. yes indeed,but the habit energy to judge oneself is very strong, not to do so iis as they say ‘a work in progress’.


  10. Thanks for this insightful poem. I LOVE the photo.


  11. Thank you, Val, for sowing serenity, wisdom, and acceptance here.


  12. “What’s needed here isn’t more prodding toward perfection, but
    intimacy – seeing clearly, and embracing what I see.” Beautiful sentence Val.

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  13. I’m definitely a student on this one. The last line is truly worth embracing.


  14. Perfectly on point! Thanks, Val!

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  15. Ah! Val…this couldn’t be more timely as yesterday was a rather awful day where I heard that voice over and over. I tried so hard to silence it…I was not successful…but I WILL BE TODAY!! 😉 Thank you for the wonderful, positive, much needed message!! <3. I send you many blessings ❤

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  16. Val, I just had to come over and tell you how much I enjoyed this post… and it came as another reminder for me to stop that inner criticism.. And your post acted as yet another ‘Sign’ for me this week..
    Love and Blessings and you have a wonderful blog..
    Sue x


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