The Power of Neuroscience and Self-Reflection to Overcome Self-Criticism, Gain Confidence, and See Yourself with Compassion by Tara Well
Published: June 1st 2022
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Length: 208 Pages
My Rating: 3 stars
Seeing ourselves clearly isn’t always easy—especially in the age of social media. Technology has eroded our capacity for authentic self-reflection. As a result, we feel more anxious and depressed, have shorter attention spans, and have become more estranged from ourselves and each other. We’ve also become more critical of our physical appearance, and this self-criticism can damage our confidence and stand in the way of our happiness. In order to heal, we must come face to face with our true selves—not the images of ourselves that we alter and post online. If you’re ready for self-reflection that has nothing to do with selfies, this book will reveal the way.
Based in cutting-edge neuroscience, Mirror Meditation offers mindful practices for increasing your self-awareness, managing stress and emotions, developing self-compassion, and increasing your confidence and personal presence. Using the three principles of mindfulness meditation—attention to the present moment, open awareness, and kind intention toward oneself—you’ll realize just how much your self-criticisms are affecting you. Then you’ll have a choice—and a practice—to treat yourself with more self-acceptance.
Self-awareness can help you break free from both your inner critic and the external world that stokes the fears and anxieties that we are never good enough, never have enough, and are never safe enough. The simple self-mirroring technique in this unique guide isn’t grounded in technology—just a commitment to be present with yourself.
Self awareness is not a particularly new topic nor is the use of a mirror in therapy. Perhaps because I struggle with meditation in this form that the appeal fell flat to me. Therapy is subjective and an approach that doesn’t work for one doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. Perhaps this is more a reflection on me that I prefer not to spend extra time in front of a mirror
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.