When you look around your neighborhood, what do you see? I notice benches with metal armrests dividing the seats and pointy metal shards on window ledges. Both meant to deter people in some way. This is called hostile architecture, and once you understand its purpose, you start to see it everywhere.
We can also find hostile architecture internally when we look at how we talk to ourselves and our thoughts about ourselves. Operating from our egos is a top down approach meant to help us avoid discomfort and pain without actually getting to the root of the problem or emotion. But as we know, what we resist persists.
In today’s show, I’m sharing why I believe a bottom up approach to self-love is much more successful than a top down approach. We know that society encourages this aggressive self-loathing, but I want you to see a much cleaner approach that will help you build a strong foundation. I plan on spending the next 40 years looking inwards, from the bottom up, building a foundation I can lean on and grow from. What about you?
What You Will Discover:
- How the top down approach is often used to deter crime and internal exploration.
- Why we often approach self-care from a place of hostility and restriction.
- How operating from your ego is similar to hostile architecture.
- A cleaner way for us to approach our emotions.
- Why I’m committed to inquiring and exploring from the bottom up.
- Some questions to ask yourself about your thoughts and beliefs.
- Ep #119 of Criminal podcast
- A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – tv series