Bullying. What comes to mind when you read that word? I think for most people it’s a scene from elementary school with a bigger kid picking on a smaller kid. (Certainly that’s typically the start, anyway.) I think it’s fair to say that bullying is fairly easy to recognize, and when we see it, it is incumbent upon us to put a stop to it immediately. The sad truth is, the effects of ongoing bullying often wind up as a horrible scene that is played out on the evening news. However, for the purpose of this blog, I want to focus on another form of bullying; the internal bullying we do to ourselves, also known as our internal critic. So if we realize it the second we see it, and we know it has to be stopped, why don’t we take every measure to do just that? While we know what external bullying can lead to, I think it’s fair to say that internal bullying leads to self-doubt, low self-esteem, and a life of compromise. So the real question is, “How do we stop bullying”?
On today’s episode of The Game Changer Podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Bruce Langford, a former school teacher, whose mission it is to stop the bullying he saw happening in schools. In our discussion, Bruce speaks to the value of his program on mindfulness and meditation, and how it greatly lowers bullying both internally and externally.
If you have followed my blog or podcast for any amount of time, you know what an avid supporter I am in having a daily meditation practice. I also realize a common excuse not to, is that you don’t have the time. Take your focus and pressure from how long you meditate each day, to realizing that you will wind up leading a more mindful way of life through this daily practice over time. So when that internal critic shows up, we become much quicker at squelching it, and instead focusing on what helps us to reach our greatest, highest good. Now imagine learning mindfulness and meditation at a young age, and how different your life would be as an adult. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did, as it brings a different and positive perspective to a very challenging problem.
With Mindful Gratitude,
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