Me, my Inner Critic & I

by Sabine BroscheI have many different voices inside. I suppose it is my mind talking. One of those voices is harsh, critical and mean. I call this one my Inner Critic: Sometimes it is so worked up and agitated – it is yelling at me. It says things like: Don't be so stupid. You are nothing special! Don't you get it? You are not good enough. You don't deserve that! And so on… So what to do with that shouty voice? I do recognise that this is what my Dad used to say to me when he was in a rage. Now it…

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Inspiration: Byron Katie

From Katie's Book "A Mind at Home with Itself"What’s it like to live without a self? Nothing happens, not even life. Everything you see, hear, touch, smell, taste, and think is already over before the action begins. My foot just moved, and as I watched it, I was only watching the past. It appeared to be happening now, but the now was gone even as I watched it. This is the power and the goodness of mind realized. I can’t even swallow my tea; it’s gone before it happens, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I look at the poster on…

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Self-Love Poem

Kim McMillen, Author When I loved myself enough… When I loved myself enough I quit settling for too little. When I loved myself enough I came to know my own goodness. When I loved myself enough I began taking the gift of life seriously and gratefully. When I loved myself enough I began to know I was in the right place at the right time and I could relax. When I loved myself enough I felt compelled to slow down way down. And that has made all the difference. When I loved myself enough I bought a feather bed. When I loved myself…

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Rumi Poem

The Guest HouseThis being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival.A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor.Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture,still, treat each guest honorably.He may be clearing you outfor some new delight.The dark thought, the shame, the malice.meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.Be grateful for whatever comes.because each has been sentas a guide from beyond.— Jellaludin Rumi,translation by Coleman Barks

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Inspiration: Esther Perel

Relationship & Sexuality Esther Perel is a Belgian therapist, author and TED presenter.  Esther talks about intimacy, communication, sexuality and offers solutions to stuck couple dynamics. In her podcast Where Should we Begin, Esther offers listeners the chance to eavesdrop on the failing relationships of real couples. Vulnerable experiences, feelings, and frustrations are shared openly for all to hear, and we can learn from listening to those familiar relationship dramas and Esther's interventions. Esther's books and podcasts offer us an insight into modern-day relationships and into what works and what doesn't. Find out more at https://www.estherperel.com

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Couple Counselling

by Sabine BroscheWhen couples have a problematic situation, there is often an underlying belief that makes each feel as if their partner needs to change.  As we untangle what is really going on inside each partner, I often find that each has a long list of requirements for the other. Often it is a list of urgent wants and needs. I need you to commit to our relationship.I want you to be more vulnerable.I want you to be more alive and engaging.I need you to make me a priority.I want you to be more attentive.I need you to contribute more to the relationship.…

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