Our mind isn’t always a safe place for self reflection. Every person is divided between a healthy attitude toward themselves that’s goal-directed and life-affirming, and a destructive side that can be self-critical, paranoid and suspicious. This inner critic, also referred to as the “anti-self” or “critical inner voice,” can take over our thinking and lead to rumination. Rumination occurs when we become trapped in a negative cycle of circular thinking. This type of thinking has a strong link to depression and suicide. When we learn to meditate, we learn to choose our thoughts. We are better able to consciously steer away from the directives of our critical inner voice.
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