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Sep 15, 2023

On this episode of Flourish-Meant, host Tina Yeager speaks with psychotherapist Tracy Taris about silencing your inner critic. Tracy provides insight into how we can notice when something isn't good for us and suggests developing a relationship with God and his word through daily bible reading to prompt the Holy Spirit to guide us. They discuss the different voices we hear, including self, Satan, society, and the savior Jesus Christ, and provide tools to calm down negative voices and tune into positive ones. Tracy emphasizes the importance of having the word of God in our hearts and growing in a relationship with the Holy Spirit through reflection and introspection. They also encourage values clarification and using centering prayer to clear the mind and tune in to one thought or word. Tracy reminds us that engaging with God's Word is a process that is different for everyone, requiring daily commitment and showing up. The episode ends with the reminder that knowing ourselves and being in alignment with our values and the voice of the savior allows for the ability to move forward and fulfill our purpose.

Christian Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and author of Many Voices One Truth, Tracy Taris is a healer and educator providing guidance through her private practice, within her church and in her community. She is the president and owner of Healing the Mind & Spirit, Inc. where she leads a team of therapists as they guide people towards healing. Located in Santa Clarita, California, her team offers therapy services to individuals, couples and families as well as coaching services that cover a variety of topics from creative blocks, nutritional problems and women’s issues.

Topics Covered:
- Ways to notice when something isn't good for you
    - Developing a relationship with God and his word
    - Paying attention to negative feelings
- The analogy used in the book to identify the top voices people hear
    - Self, Satan, society, and the savior Jesus Christ
    - Tuning into positive voices and choosing what to focus on
- The "read" acronym and the importance of having the word of God in one's heart
    - Scripture applying to oneself and putting it into practice
- Thoughts triggering feelings and impacting one's life and relationships
    - Identifying different voices at play
- Promotion of website and content on cultivating the mind and spirit
    - Encouragement to subscribe to blog and email list
- Importance of healing and self-care to show up as a better version of oneself
    - Suppressing false self and embracing the true self that God created
- Understanding that one's purpose can change over time
    - Warning against not clearing out negative voices
- Development stages of individuals and using centering prayer to clear the mind
- Engaging with God's Word as a process that is different for everyone
- Importance of knowing oneself and values clarification to align actions with values
    - Spiritual forces going against one's plans

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