“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life”.
– Christopher Germer
Most of us feel compassion for our close friends when they are struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from ourselves when we needed it the most? We often automatically treat friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness, and kindness when they struggle, fall short or fail at times in their lives. However, we can have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to ourselves in similar situations.
Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves when things go wrong in our lives. It involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves and to motivate ourselves with encouragement, when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. A key question MSC helps us to ask ourselves is “What do I need?”
Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect. It provides an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—more fully ourselves. As our ability to experience compassion for ourselves increases, so does our ability to relate to others in the same way.
Mindful Self Compassion can support us to start a new type of conversation with ourselves which can be a “game changer” in terms of our health and wellbeing.
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Self Compassion part 1; Kristin Neff
Tools for Practicing Self Compassion Chris Germer:
When we give ourselves compassion, the tight knot of negative judgement starts to dissolve, replaced by a feeling of peaceful, connected acceptance – a sparkling diamond that emerges from the coal”.
– Kristin Neff