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What Is Self-Compassion?

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11 reflections
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Susie
What is Self compassion
Helpful reminder to be kind and understanding to myself...especially when the tendency is to self criticize or “swallow” the difficult emotions. The awareness that everyone suffers to some degree reminds me that I am not alone. 🙏🏻
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A
Easy in concept
The idea sounds simply and easy, but why is it so difficult to treat myself the way I’d treat others? I’d extend kindness to others, but I’m very hard on myself. Working on this!
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Jose
Self Compassion
This exercise was good for practicing the love for yourself and you above everything else.
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Barb
Helpful with regrets
Some part of grief is regret; when it’s a parent for whom you grieve, it’s regrets - however many, however few - that stab at us as much as the feelings of loss and fear. Whether or not the person ever forgave us, it is our task to find peace, and self-forgiveness. And self-compassion is an intrinsic part of that process, or habit, or practice, or whatever you want to call it. Not sure I’m there yet with my dad, who passed away Monday morning, but I expect it will take a long time. I guess it’s recalling the events I regret, and then being mindful of his most simple “I love you”s in his last weeks. And I know that I am very lucky to have that.
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Joyce
Acknowledging the Struggle
A good intention for the day, to recognize when I’m struggling and mindfully work through it, rather than just pushing ahead and ignoring the difficulty to get past it. A little scary- if I don’t ignore it I fear I have a higher chance in being caught up in it, but I also have a better chance of coming to peace with whatever it is long-term. Namaste
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Walter J
Struggling...
Unfortunately, I was struggling to hear this session clearly. I could not hear fast enough to catch everything they were saying & there seemed to be either a volume issue or background noise when recorded. I heard them define Compassion as “with pain” as in feeling the pain of another or ourselves. What I got out of it was struggling is not bad. It makes us stronger & if we pay attention, stay aware & learn while going thru it, instead of just focused on getting thru it, it can make us wiser. And to give ourselves time to grow. An acorn cannot grow into a mighty oak overnight. It takes decades of daily growth. We are similar, we must do the beneficial (& sometimes boring or painful) daily work to see the long term beneficial growth & results. ❤️🌳🍀
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Erika
Selfompassion
Calm and passion When we are with our own pain Mindfulness-noticing u are in distress without getting caught up in it Self kindness-respond to myself with kindness. Treating myself with the same kindness i treat my loved ones Acknowledge-everyone goes through hard times..i’m not alone in this
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Zac
Anxious morning
I felt that I criticize my negative patterns too harshly. I also feel like I am overthinking my current condition. I have to treat myself with more kindess and recognize my patterns to change them.
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christi
Self Compassion
As an psych diagnosed empath and giver, compassion is just woven into my being. Self compassion, however, is new to me... and difficult. One day at a time...
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Osy
Better
After doing a meditation on self compassion i still fealt really bad. Combined with this short life coaching session. I felt a small weight come off my chest after being reminded that these negative feelings are a part of the human condition, we all go through it. Being reminded of that knowledge helped me to feel less alone in this and definitely took some of its power away. Thank you .
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Natalie
Self kindness
I realize I am less kind to myself than anyone else. I need to be more patient with myself. I need to be kinder to others as well. I need to not personalize when others are not kind to me.
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