Awareness & Compassion

Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. – Carl Jung

 
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What is Self-Compassion?

In the simplest terms, self-compassion is being kind to oneself. Research has found incredibly positive results with self-compassion:

  • Increased overall personal health and wellbeing
  • Enhanced social connection and life satisfaction
  • Strengthened curiosity, optimism, happiness, and wisdom

The critical and judgmental mind can be quite powerful and our society only reinforces it. However, with the use of self-compassion we diffuse this energy by being gentle with oneself.

Self-compassion can include:

  • Making time for self
  • Creating healthy boundaries
  • Extending compassion to others

Self-compassion has the potential of transforming not only one’s inner landscape, but also all of one’s outer life as well. Incorporating self-compassion into your day-to-day life will not only help in those moments of increased vulnerability and stress, but with time will become a habit.

 
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How Self-compassionate Are You?

This question is not one of judgment, but self-reflective in nature. I have provided you with a link to a simple quiz on self-compassion:

http://self-compassion.org/test-how-self-compassionate-you-are/

This exercise was developed by Dr. Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the field of psychology and self-compassion. This will help provide insight into personal self-awareness and self-compassion.

I will continually remind you of this along the way, but please be kind to yourself on this new adventure in self care.


 

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