As we start on Week 2 of the Best Day Ever Challenge, (see https://bestdayever.com/challenges), I have been thinking about how if we do not become mindful of our inner critic, she begins to rule us, and dominates our choices even when we have the greatest of intentions.
I want to talk about social anxiety. This is a subject that hits close to home for me, because it’s something I’ve struggled with from a very young age, and continue to manage on a daily basis. It’s also becoming a silent epidemic in our culture. Technology and the internet is making social isolation convenient and easy, and fanning the flame of social anxiety.
“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair.
We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be too cynical.
Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” --Annie Dillard
Growing up, my Dad would play
his favorite records each night after dinner.
This would mean that my young brain would be awash in the lyrical poem-songs of Simon and Garfunkel, Judy Collins, the Moody Blues or the Beatles (their introspective and psychedelic years, of course.) Those records disappeared in time, as did those after dinner sessions, but for me, they created a lasting imprint of the poetry of emotion on my young heart.