Finding self-compassion in a season of giving
Give to YOU this holiday season!
Self- compassion is composed of 3 main elements; self kindness, understanding humanity, and mindfulness. The first component sounds simple but most people struggle to find it. Self kindness comes first with being gentle with yourself, mind and body. Understanding humanity is realizing and accepting that humans are imperfect and that we all make mistakes. Mindfulness can be explained from one of Buddha’s more famous quotes, “Life is suffering”. This quote can be interpreted by understanding that life is suffering and if its done it should be done with clarity and awareness.
We often confuse self compassion with self pity, self indulgence, and making excuses for our behaviors. Self compassion creates a sense of resiliency and the ability to more easily show compassion and forgiveness to others. Don’t think of self-compassion as self- esteem. Self- esteem usually deals with comparing yourself to another person or favoring yourself over someone else. Where as self- compassion is simply accepting that others suffer, others make mistakes and that we do to. Having self-compassion allows our empathetic selves to come through and conquer over our sympathy for situations. When you hold self-compassion you hold the ability to better relate to others in time of heart-ache and are more able to “be in their shoes”.
When you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or self-neglected this holiday season take a moment to tell yourself “so it is”. Compassion for others and a sense of giving is so intertwined into our spirits this time of the year. Although, surrounded by family and friends, we cannot rely on other to give us what we can only give ourselves, self-compassion.
It is time for you to find the compassion that sits deep inside of you. Light it up and let it illuminate through yourself and radiate to the people that are around you.
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