Since I moved to Greece about a year and a half ago now, I kept forcing myself to workout from home. I managed to do some yoga, maybe some HIIT but in general, it always felt forced, and I didn't enjoy it all that much.
Actually, I didn't enjoy it at all and couldn't motivate myself to do it.
Has this ever happened to you? Forcing yourself to do what you don't really want to but letting your inner critic take over with feelings of shame and guilt?
It's happened to me many times.
This week I wanted to share with you a simple yet such profound statement I came across during my Self-Compassion class.
"If self-compassion practice feels like work, then it’s not self-compassion. Self- compassion should feel like letting go."
If we're forcing ourselves to do something we don't want, thinking it's helping us improve ourselves, then we've missed the entire point.
For example, if we're thinking to practice meditation because of the benefits we've heard it has, but it feels like it's such a burden to do it, then it's time to let meditation go, (at least temporarily!)
It's a good idea to re-visit it when we feel like it's not going to be hard work or the thought of it doesn't stress us out.
This has helped me operate from an inner place of soulful alignment, I can better handle my inner self-critic and do things that I feel enhance my life and overall well-being without the stress.
We all know we have to let go of things that don't align with us anymore.
But how often do we sit and do that?
How often do we consciously say "This no longer works for me, I'm going to let it go because it's the self-compassionate thing to do?"
I bet not often.
Putting this perspective on things, coming from a mindfully self-compassionate place, really silences our inner critic and allows us to let go without guilt or shame.
So this week ask yourself: What can you let of right now that feels forced?