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Imposter syndrome - Who do you think you are? This morning, my inner critic was screaming at me - I was filled with doubt. Often we look for answers outside ourselves. Maybe if I take one more course, read more, practice more... I will be ready.

What the hell- when am I enough?

I am ready now! I am perfectly imperfect! We learn through practice and doing the best we can.

A few years ago, I started teaching meditation to adults. One person stopped me and said:

" How the hell are you qualified to teach that? Why did they ask you?" - ouch. food for my inner critic.

Today those words floated in my head - cue imposter syndrome.

I sat in meditation this morning with my inner critic. I tried to talk to my inner critic- Speak logic- that didn't work!

So I decided to love myself up. Fill up my "enough-ness" with compassion and gratitude.

I thought about all the hours of practice, all the books I have read, all the workshops, all the hours on my mat of practice, all the podcast and retreats I have attended. I AM GRATEFUL for the wisdom I have received and the teachers who have guided me over the years.

It is now my turn to step into the light and share my struggles and wisdom with my community.

Being true to yourself is hard - having the courage to stand up and live your authentic self is no joke.

I read a new book on breathing/ pranayama. I got to the section on practice .... I knew 70% of them.... I AM ENOUGH! I don't need more classes... I just need to keep teaching and acknowledging those moments when the inner critic is present.
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Adults only - This class will blend meditation, breathing and philosophy for 1 hour practice online. I will be focusing on soothing the nervous system- We have all felt the long haul of this last year. Come discover some new tools for your tool kit.
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Last call for teen Class Starts This Tuesday April 6th. I am excited to meet my next group! Please reach out if you have questions. 20+ strategies explored in 8 week class.
We all feel stressed these day. This course focus on hands on, science based strategies for life!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-friends-with-yourself-ages-12-15-tickets-141718248095
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Great article. Motivation is hard to find sometimes. Being compassionate to myself helps.

“Pychyl and others found that people prone to procrastination are, overall, less compassionate toward themselves. One of the most effective things that procrastinators can do is to forgive themselves for procrastinating. In a study, students who reported forgiving themselves for procrastinating on studying for a first exam ended up procrastinating less for a second exam.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyblaschka/2021/04/03/youre-not-lazy-youre-scared-how-to-finally-stop-procrastinating/
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Reality vs dream. “I should...” is the worst start for a sentence. It is often filled with shame. We put so much pressure on our self to be productive and get things done.

But have you ask yourself. Is this worth my time right now? Do I feel guilty each time I see this project?

My idea was to do driftwood art. 5 years of storing sticks... today I let go of attachment. This project makes me feel like shit.

Attachment is the root of the problem. How am I so attached to sticks?

Let go of the driftwood. Stop tripping on the buckets in the garage.

I released the wood back to the sea and I feel so much better!

Let go of the projects that no longer serve you. Get rid of stuff that makes you feel crappy.

Focus on the good stuff, the freedom and the space from letting go.