I’m Practicing Self-Compassion
If a friend comes to me broken in defeat, I empathize without much effort, because I, too, am often downtrodden. I listen intently, and try my best to stay out of judgement. I ask what I can do to help. l relay a story of similar feeling. I’m not perfect when relating to others, but I am striving for compassion and empathy, and trying to leave my baggage out of interactions.
When I am broken down in defeat, do you think I respond as described above with such ease? Of course not! I say mean things to myself and let my head sink in shame. To employ empathy and compassion during these moments takes great effort.
My go-to self-compassion exercise is to place my hand on my heart, and remind myself I’m doing the best I can. This simple act can save me from despair. The journey of life can be wrought with difficulty. I am grateful to have the practice of self-compassion along for the ride!