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Freedom from the Inner Critic

Have you noticed the negative disabling effects of self-judgment? Are you prone to judging everything you do as not good enough, not quite right, or not living up to some impossibly high standard? Do you find yourself harshly judging your meditation, your practice or your other spiritual practices? If you would you like to learn how to be more free from the torment of the inner critic, then this daylong is for you.

In this daylong retreat you will learn :

  • How to recognize judging thoughts
  • The role and function of the inner critic, its purpose and limitations
  • How to deal effectively with self-judgment/and inner critic attacks
  • How to distinguish between negative judgment and wise discernment and discrimination
  • The role of a healthy conscience versus reliance on the inner critic
  • How to develop greater self- acceptance and self-compassion and practice of metta (loving-kindness) as an antidote to the critic
  • The need and role of humor in helping us with the critic
  • Cultivating forgiveness as a support for working with judgment

The Freedom from the Inner Critic daylong retreat will be a combination of talks, and interactive exercises, mindfulness and loving-kindness techniques and practices and is open to new and experienced students. This will be a practical and experiential Daylong taught with lightness, compassion and humor and the need to not take ourselves too seriously.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the perspectives offered during this day to help their clients and patients understand the workings of the judgmental mind, and develop practices to work with these pervasive thought patterns.

Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals
This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Assess the workings of the inner critic / super ego;
  • Discuss the practice of mindful awareness and how this relates to understanding the critic;
  • Explain strategies for effectively countering the critic’s attacks;
  • Utilize the practices of loving-kindness and compassion that help counter the critics negative impact.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.