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How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic

The inner critic is the voice inside our heads reminding us that we are never “good enough.” It’s behind the insidious thoughts that can make us second-guess our every action and doubt our own value. The inner critic might feel overpowering, but it can be managed effectively. Meditation teacher and therapist Mark Coleman helps readers understand and free themselves from the inner critic using the tools of mindfulness and compassion. Each chapter offers constructive insights into what creates, drives, and disarms the critic; real people’s journeys to inspire and guide readers; and simple practices anyone can use to live a free, happy, and flourishing life.



“Wonderful, delightful, deeply touching.”
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

“This book can change your life.”
Chip Conley, head of global hospitality and strategy at Airbnb

“Beautiful, soulful, enormously useful.”
Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain

“The benefits of these practices are real and wide-ranging.”
Congressman Tim Ryan

“Wonderful and important.”
James Baraz, coauthor of Awakening Joy

“Gifts of wisdom and many practical tools to work with your own mind and heart.”
Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

“Provides an easy-to-follow road map to understanding and defeating our inner critic.”
Troy Aikman, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and Fox Sports broadcaster

“A marvelous guidebook brought to life by a warm, compassionate friend.”
James Flaherty, author of Coaching and founder of Integral Leadership

“A great gift.”
Mirabai Bush, coauthor (with Ram Dass) of Compassion in Action

“Mark Coleman does as good a job as I have seen of explaining, deconstructing, and working with the inner critic.”
Norman Fischer, author of Training in Compassion

“Everybody’s got an inner critic, so everybody needs a wise book like this one.”
Frank Ostaseski, author of The Five Invitations