|Color of the day: Crimson
Incense of the day: Jasmine
It is human to be critical of ourselves. What we fail to realize is that our self-criticism can be harmful. Often, we fail to understand that self-criticism is not self-assessment. Self-assessment is positive, as it allows us to see paths for change and improvement. During this time of the waning Moon, focus on letting go of self-criticism. On a piece of paper, write down all the ways you criticize yourself. Fold the paper into quarters and, while folding, think about never addressing yourself in those negative ways again. Light a white candle by your burning dish. Tear the folded paper seven times, drop it into your burning dish, and ignite it. As the paper goes up in flames, see your criticism of yourself going with it. As the ashes cool, meditate in the light of the candle on the following mantra: "It is not what I am that holds me back; it is what I think I am not."