It seems that lots of us can be very self-critical. A small mistake, like a fast growing weed, can quickly escalate and grow in to another excuse for beating ourselves up or comparing ourselves negatively with others or some imagined ideal. Mindfulness suggests it is beneficial to begin to turn towards such criticism with kindness and curiosity as a way of ultimately disarming it. As always the emphasis is on shifting the focus of our awareness from the critical thoughts to the realm of the senses here and now. Asking ourselves what is happening in the body now? How is this anxiety or criticism manifesting physically through sensation. Reminding ourselves to breathe, indeed to breathe in to the areas of painful sensation. Doing this we can begin to discover how our experience is, in fact, fluid and changing, and it is often our thoughts that interpret experience as fixed or hopeless. This shift from the cognitive to the realm of the senses is a gradual training but in time, with appropriate practice, we can begin to transform habitual self-criticism to self-kIndness. I visited a local garden centre and noticed that they were selling a number of plants that are commonly called ‘weeds’. But what is a weed? Commonly defined as a plant in the wrong place we can begin to discover that so called weeds may have a beauty and scent of their own. Perhaps they represent a neglected aspect or part of us that needs our attention and friendship.