The Wisdom of Self-Compassion

The wisdom of self-compassion is one of the most vibrant teachings of our times.

We may find it quite easy to be compassionate with other people when they hurt themselves or feel sad or lonely.

When it comes to compassion in own life, we often fail to grasp the concept and fail to believe the we can shower compassion on ourselves.

Gabrielle Bernstein has been exploring self-compassion for a while now and is finally getting a handle on it – watch this short video now…

Self-compassion is a way of honoring our wounds and being present for what is happening right now.

This allows us to move right through the difficult times and treat ourselves like we would an innocent child.

We can have a dialog of compassion with our self and feel good about taking the time to be with the wounds and working through them.

Each time we do this, the sting of our wound lessens and we develop the confidence to deal with this habit energy whenever it appears again – and it probably will!

You might also take a look at this:

Stop holding the past against yourself!
Treat yourself more kindly, more gentle,
move forward with a thoughtful mind, forgiving heart and
self-loving spirit…
And make a promise to never ever again think or speak negative things about yourself.


One of the leaders in the field of self-compassion is Kristin Neff, Ph. D., assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin and author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.

In an all day retreat my daughter and I attended in October Kristin Neff taught us the three components of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness.

Self-kindness is recognizing that it is OK not to be perfect and treating yourself with gentle kindness.

Understanding our common humanity is recognizing that all people everywhere have the same kinds of experiences that need to be treated with compassion – no one is exempt from this kind of suffering.

Mindfulness is recognizing the need for self-compassion when it arises.

Want to learn more about self-compassion? Order Kristin’s Book:

Books by Kristin Neff

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve you… [Read More…]

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