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