Hi Ben Ames. Thanks so much for your in-depth feedback.
I appreciate you sharing your journey — it takes courage for being so candid.
We all lose disconnection with the here and now. None of us is immune to pervasive external distractions, expectations, or to the ‘inner drone’ as you say. We need to stay alert to realize when we are losing track and recover focus and presence.
Embracing our vulnerable side is not easy. Especially in a society that promotes success at all cost, perfectionism, and vanity. However, those who confront their whole self — not just their perfect parts — are stronger than those who deny their human nature.
I’m glad that you appreciated the research and sources. I published a short follow-up piece with additional exercises and resources. Feel free to check it out: https://blog.liberationist.org/how-to-improve-your-self-compassion-56dacbd53e9b
Good luck on your journey!