40 Days – Day 10

40 Days of Lent – From Release to Embrace

Rule 10

The quest for love changes us. There is no seeker among those who search for love who has not matured on the way. The moment you start looking for love, you start to change within and without.“* 

Today, we are releasing  Criticism and embracing God’s Love for us. 

Our Lent Booklet reminds us today that if we wanted to live a happy, healthy, and prosperous life we must give up the need to criticize others. We are invited to make a concerted effort not to be defensive when someone offers us feedback but take it as an opportunity to grow.

In my experience, criticism is only painful when we are criticized about something that we already judge ourselves about. Every time I am criticized or judged I look inside and listen to my own inner voice. I do not defend myself, or argue with the criticism. I stay neutral as much as I can so I can see if there is something that I need to let go of, heal or forgive within myself. When I release the inner critic, I stop hearing the other ones. 

Today, I invite you to contemplate on Rule No10 and the quote below. Let me know how practicing releasing criticism worked for you today. 

The ear that heeds wholesome admonition will lodge among the wise – Proverbs 15:31

Today we affirm: I look for the good and speak words of praise in every situation.

*Rules are from ’40 Rules of Love’ by Novel by Elif Shafak. See more about the book here (click)  

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