Arianna Huffington calls that inner critic – to which we pay way too much attention – the ‘obnoxious roommate in your head’. But if we have an unwelcome roomie why not show them the door?
I recently saw Arianna speak in London on what she calls the Third Metric – a redefining of ‘success’ – and my latest Huffington Post blog includes some of my takeaways from that meeting (in a former Christian Science church, no less!) plus my own take on how to quiet that nagging voice within through spiritual means.
Here is an excerpt…
These and other insights offered were very practical, helpfully addressing how to implement a Third Metric lifestyle and better challenge the “obnoxious roommate in your head” that would turn us into constant critics of ourselves. Yet that underlying sense of a foundational principle was never far away. It surfaced again when Arianna quoted wisdom she loves from sufi poet Rumi: “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”
I, too, love that idea. But as it was shared, I wondered if others might be asking: ‘But why should everything be rigged in our favour? Why should “we already have everything we need”?’
Do we really have grounds for harbouring such beautifully articulated hopes?
Perhaps Arianna was gently pointing in the direction of an answer when, in a sweet moment, she affirmed her belief in God.