How often do you walk past a homeless person or someone asking for money without a thought towards their plight? If you are the kind of person who stops for a moment and feels a portion of their misery, you are compassionate.
When you are mindful of other people’s suffering, you tend to generally respond with kindness.
But often, we are unable to exercise a similar kindness to ourselves. It is only when we mindful of our own suffering and respond with kindness are we able to cope with the difficulties of life with ease.
Do you love yourself?
Are you kind to yourself?
Why Is Self-Compassion Important?
When we are in a balanced state of heart and mind, we simultaneously find more meaning in life and enhance our joy in living.
The difference between self-compassion and self-esteem is that the latter tends to be a fair-weather friend. While the former is available to us at all times.
According to research, treating oneself with compassion and care enhances interpersonal and interpersonal well being. Any interventions that are aimed at improving well being should include a strong focus on developing self-compassion.
It might seem sensible to practice mindfulness before learning how to be compassionate towards yourself.
However, if you are struggling with self-criticism or severe shame, it is important to first internalise self-compassion to create the emotional safety required to combat your pain with mindfulness.
How Do You Improve Self-Compassion?
The skill of practicing self-love can be improved through mindful acceptance of the experiences you are having in the present moment.
You also need a desire to be free from suffering and to be happy. The combination of acceptance and positive desire optimises our ability to heal from past trauma and move to to achieve our full potential.
Intentionally remind yourself of a struggle that you are currently facing. Then pick a physical expression that you find soothing – hugging yourself or placing both hands over your heart.
Then repeat words that carry the elements of self-compassion.
“Suffering is a part of life and what I am experiencing now is a moment of suffering.”
“May I have the strength to be kind to myself.”
“May I find the compassion I need to get through this difficult moment.”
Remind yourself that suffering is a universal experience and that everyone faces and feels it. Also remind yourself that this moment will pass. That feelings and experiences are temporary.
Self-compassion is like a portable best friend – always available when you need it. Whether you fail, struggle, or make mistakes in life, it always comforts you and helps you to accept yourself.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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