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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

April 3, 2024

The focus for today is:

I implement a practice of mindfulness and self-reflection
into my daily life.

Today's inspiration was written by Jacqueline Heller, MD:

Deeply hidden fears, hurts, and longings may lead to symptoms and eventually maladaptive behaviors that can sabotage us. To become aware of our maladaptive behavior, we must confront our inner saboteur through mindfulness and self-reflection.

Mindfulness is an effective way to become aware of buried events from our past. Further, engaging in a practice of self-reflection allows introspectating — or looking into ourselves as though we’re an outside spectator observing our reactions.

Breaking down our emotions and triggers in a way that makes logical sense is the first step. Implementing a practice of mindfulness and self-reflection into our daily lives will boost our capacity for self-awareness over time. With a goal of confronting our inner saboteur, we can make the unconscious conscious. 

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     How to Manage Our Inner Saboteur
     Written by Jacqueline Heller, MD
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of mindfulness and self-reflection (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
We might need to ask ourselves who is running our show. In other words, are our actions based on conscious choices, or are they triggered responses based on past events or past assumptions. To create a healed and happy life, one must be living from the present... Be here now, as Ram Dass aptly suggested in his well-known book, Be Here Now

Our focus for today: I implement a practice of mindfulness and self-reflection into my daily life.

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Yesterday Never Sleeps: How Integrating Life's Current and Past Connections Improves Our Well-Being
by Jacqueline Heller MS, MD

book cover of Yesterday Never Sleeps by Jacqueline Heller MS, MDIn Yesterday Never Sleeps, Jacqueline Heller draws upon decades of clinical experience to weave together a powerful narrative that contains neuroscience, memoir of her life as a child of Holocaust survivors, and patient histories involving a range of psychological ills and trauma.

Dr. Heller offers a uniquely holistic approach, demonstrating how the therapeutic process and self-analysis help us make sense of our history and forge a better future.

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About the Author

photo of Jackie Heller, MDJackie Heller, MD, a psychoanalyst, is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. Her professional experience as a practicing clinician has allowed her extensive insight into the vast range of human experiences.

Her new book, Yesterday Never Sleeps (Greenleaf Book Group Press, August 1, 2023), delves into her personal experience with family trauma and helping others work through their own.

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