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The One Inside: An Internal Family Systems (IFS) podcast

Mar 27, 2020

On today's episode I speak with Karen Locke, author of "Self Compassion Day by Day: Daily Reflections with Internal Family Systems."

Even though this episode was recorded in late February, it is pertinent for our times as we are just beginning to feel the impact of COVID-19. Having a daily practice of checking in with our parts has become more and more important.  I'm feeling a greater need to listen to the parts who feel disrupted, overwhelmed, afraid, and numb and letting them feel Self with them in whatever way they need.

Self is courageous. Self is clear minded. When Self is with them, they are not alone.

New to IFS? Karen suggests start by noticing feelings. I loved the idea that first drew her to IFS: If I am feeling jealous, ask who inside is feeling jealous?

We can do the same thing right now with fear- Who inside of me is feeling fear?

Karen's incredible readings are a reminder of the inner resource we all have and a reminder to listen inside and be with.

We talk about group connection, running with our wild and fun ideas, and workaholics anonymous. I don't know about you, but the change in what 'work' looks like right now has brought up a lot of 'workaholic' parts!

Karen sent me a handout with the WA tools and principles- I will put it up on The One Inside Facebook page. You can also email me at for a copy.

If you want to connect and practice checking in and speaking for parts, Karen already has in place several Facebook groups and weekly online meetings. Check them out at Compassionate Self Leadership Community and IFS Daily Reflections.

Karen's website is

Enjoy and take care-