HARD ON YOURSELF?
Letting go of being hard on yourself is one of the most important things you will ever do.
There was a time when I was particularly hard on myself. I needed to always do better and do more. Good enough seemed impossible. It was exhausting! So I went for help thinking that my self-esteem was the issue. I was surprised when my counselor assigned me the task of writing a compassion note to myself each day.
It seemed touchy-feely but I knew something had to change.
Reluctantly I began the assignment to remember my tone of voice and body language in a conversation I’d had with someone going through a difficult time and treat myself with the same empathy, kindness and compassion as I offered to another.
My resistance peeled away after the third day and I began to discover a more tender way to be with myself. This was not just about me! I noticed new patience and empathy with others. Self-compassion was also new compassion for others. other side of a limitation.
- Write a compassion note to yourself each day for a least a week
- Be attentive to the words you use to yourself
Notice how being hard on yourself gives way to compassion!
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