In Chapter 4 “Releasing Negative Self-Beliefs”, in our book this month, Radical Compassion, we work with just that, releasing our negative self-beliefs. Many of these are ingrained in us from childhood and we use them as protective devices to wall off our true self. We are beyond these negative beliefs we have clung on to so desperately. There are our feelings of doubt, unworthiness, unloved, flawed, and so on.
If we can learn to accept and trust ourselves and that it is okay to feel those feelings without judgment or denial, we can break free of the restraints on our mind. The restraints we hold are those continual speeches we give ourselves where we condemn and try to measure up. The judgment thought system will never have us measure up.
Even with a long term meditation practice, I can still have negative self-beliefs arise. Judgments such as not being good enough, a failure, and unaccepted. RAIN has always assisted me when these and when other such beliefs arise. I ask myself, “What would I be without this story I am making up about myself?”
You see, inside we are gold, we are basic goodness.
As Tara shares with us in the book, “Writer Carlos Castaneda says that we maintain our world with our inner dialogue and that our world will change as soon as we stop talking to ourselves.”
You can listen to my Mindfulness class on this topic. This focuses on Chapter 4 in Radical Compassion, “Releasing Negative Self-Beliefs.” Also see Tara’s study guide in the resources below.
- Opening and Metta for Self Meditation (0:00 – 9:00)
- Releasing Negative Self-Beliefs (9:00 – 21:15)
- RAIN: The Power of Inquiry Practice (21:15 – 35:01)
Audio from the Session
Buy the book, Radical Compassion, on Amazon
Tara Brach’s RAIN Resources including Study Guide, other PDFs, and audios
I look forward to joining you with this practice throughout the month here on my website, my Tuesday livestream, and also in my free mindfulness classes hosted by My Vinyasa Practice.
Details on all of my classes here. If you need assistance in working through this RAIN process, I can assist you with my Transformational Mindfulness Coaching services. I use this with clients.
Tara Brach, one of the foremost Mindfulness teachers has written a book Radical Compassion. She uses a specific technique called RAIN, which is an acronym that helps us to work with both physically and emotionally challenging experiences, such as anxiety, worry, or guilt. We can use this along with Loving-Kindness meditation.
In meditation classes, I have frequently taught this practice. I’d like to share it with you as well here so you may find a gentleness of compassion and love as you allow the shower of RAIN to wash over you.