Self-compassion is extending compassion to ourselves in instances of our perceived inadequacy, failure, or in our general suffering. Do we treat ourselves like we would treat someone we loved? Do we extend the same compassion, support and love? Are we kind, do we soothe, calm, help and listen in the same way? We need to be. We can be very compassionate with others but struggle to be that way with ourselves. Having compassion and patience for ourselves are fundamental mental skills we need to develop. We are constantly learning and growing so we are not always going to get it right. Berating ourselves, being hard or impatient with ourselves will hinder the process, not help us. Our self-talk can be critical or it can be coaching, it can be berating or it can encouraging. We can change that voice from critic to coach, we can be more supportive of ourselves. The next time you hear the voice be anything other than kind, interrupt it. If you wouldn’t speak to a loved one in that way, don’t speak to yourself that way. We can become more compassionate with ourselves through practice. Be patient, be kind and cultivate self-compassion.
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