I love this juncture in the year. As the leaves change colour and the fresh cooler air signalling Autumn breezes in, I find myself checking in with myself to take stock of where I'm at and where I am going.
Something that has been on my radar and in conversations I've been having is about confidence and self-esteem. It's a big topic and one I've been interested in for a while. From both a personal point of view but also from the wider community perspective.
In The Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali, the 2nd sutra (which most yogi's will know off by heart) is Yogas Citta Vritti Nirodhah meaning: The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga. Basically our entire world is created from our thoughts. Take Autumn, for example, for one person they may love this time of year and all it offers but to another they hate it as it signifies the end of summer. Some situation but the thoughts of each person create the delight or sadness.
Being critical of yourself is a thought pattern, we are quick to judge ourselves (and others) and can get caught in a trap of negative self talk belittling and holding us back. So, how do we change that? Well, meditation is a great place to start and a brilliant researcher called Kristin Neff has a series on her website that you can do alongside exercises to change the way you are with yourself.
I just did the self-compassion break which is super quick and easy (and in our time poor society, we all like quick things right?).
When was the last time you said to yourself "I have your back, I love you, I'm here for you?" Perhaps it's time to start?
With lots of love