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Marie T. Russell's Daily Inspiration
The focus for today is: I ask myself questions and speak to myself compassionately.
A way to get out of our fear-based thoughts is to ask ourselves questions. For example when your mind comes up with worst case scenarios, ask yourself: "do I really believe that .........." or "does that sound realistic?" Lynne Henderson, in her book The Shyness Workbook, suggests you ask yourself the following questions in a kind, caring, and compassionate voice, perhaps as the voice of your compassionate "ideal self".
""Do I know for certain that ........."
" What is the actual likelihood that .........."
"I've coped in the past. Do I know for certain that I can't cope now?"
"What is the worst that could happen? How bad is that?"
These questions can help you change the direction your mind and fears may be taking you. It's important to do go through the process compassionately and lovingly in order to get past the blame, judgment, and shame.
Today's Daily Inspiration is excerpted from the InnerSelf.com article:
Developing Compassionate Thinking
Written by Marie T. Russell
This is Marie T. Russell, publisher of InnerSelf, wishing you a day of treating yourself with compassion (today and every day)
Join me again tomorrow for the Daily Inspiration and focus of the day.
Today, we ask ourselves questions and speak to ourselves compassionately.
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This week's Daily Inspirations are inspired from:
BOOK: The Shyness Workbook
The Shyness Workbook: Take Control of Social Anxiety Using Your Compassionate Mind
by Lynne Henderson.
Shyness has evolved as an emotion over thousands of years and can be helpful in some circumstances. However, it can become a problem when it interferes with life goals, develops into social anxiety disorder or leads to 'learned pessimism', mild depression and even 'learned helplessness'. In this way, shyness and shame often hold us back from realising our potential and from engaging with others wholeheartedly.
There is nothing wrong with being shy - it is a natural emotion that everyone can experience. But if shyness is negatively impacting your life, The Shyness Workbook can help you grow your confidence.
For more info and/or to order this book, click here. Also available as a Kindle edition.