My yoga teacher is kind of a genius.
This morning in class, as we were moving into Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose), she said to us, "Treat your Inner Critic like a drunk friend at a party. Let them babble whatever nonsense they're going to babble, but put them in the backseat and tell them firmly that you're the one driving the car."
See what I mean about genius?
What I love about this way of approaching our Inner Critic is that it acknowledges the Inner Critic's existence without giving over our power. I think it is really hard to completely silence your Inner Critic. In fact, I think it is nearly impossible. But if we can look at them like the drunk friend we've all helped get home from a party, we can see how powerless they are.
So today as I sit down to write, I'm going to hand my Inner Critic a bag so he doesn't make a mess of my car, and let him spew nonsense while I work.
What are some of the ways you deal with your Inner Critic? I'd love to hear about them!