Let’s Try Self-Kindness
One aspect of Kristen Neff’s definition of self-compassion is self-kindness.
Self-kindness means speaking to myself the way I’d speak to someone I love.
While that’s true, I’d also be better off if I spoke to myself as kindly as I speak to strangers!
We’re so much harder on ourselves than we are on others.
It’s easier to smile and extend kindness to:
the market checker,
the bank teller,
the nurse taking our vitals,
the UPS delivery person,
ANYONE other than ourselves!
It’s ok, though. Knowing we are capable of kindness toward others, shows us we can learn to be nice to ourselves.