If one is affected by criticism, it is due to the fierce inner-battle of worthiness and the desire to be accepted by others.
Viewing criticism as a negative reflection of oneself assumes right & wrong exist permanently; yet the terms right and wrong, or correct/incorrect are assumptions at best; and are relative to a current state of time & space, based upon an accepted belief of the majority within that period. Therefore right & wrong, correct/incorrect, are neither true nor false, they are opinions relative to the present moment with an underlying misbelief that things are permanent. In other words, just because it was accepted as given (correct/incorrect) in the past, does not unequivocally mean it is therefore given as correct/incorrect in the present or future.
Impermanence is reality!
When one practices mindfulness - becoming open-minded and unattached toward criticism, the desire to be accepted is recognized as futile. One needs only to be aware that Self is the 'witness' (the true Self) of impermanence; and thus one shall seek no praise and fear no retribution. One shall be that which one is in this moment - period.
Growth comes from witnessing criticism and praise without attachment.
How can the Self grow into the next stage of life? Through the practices of non-attachment
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paul J Pettit
Born in Sydney Australia in 1963.
Paul is a practitioner of *naturopathy, certified life coach, certified reflexologist, & certified naturopathic usui shiki ryoho reiki therapist. He is also a published author of a self-help series of books, and Podcast host of Mindfulness Mondays
Paul specializes in mindfulness-based practices.
* Naturopaths use natural therapies to treat pathology or diseases and dysfunctions.
For more information on Paul Pettit - http://www.paulpettit.com