Self-compassion doesn’t mean you think your problems are more important than others.
It just means your problems are also important and worthy of being attended to.
Are you not tired of beating yourself up for beating yourself up?
In the vain hope that it will somehow make you stop beating yourself up.
Are you not human?
- Being human does not mean being better than others.
- Being human means you encompass the full range of human experience, the positive, the negative, and the neutral.
- Being human means you are average in many ways.
Don’t you want to celebrate the experience of being alive on this planet in all your complexity and wonder?
You’re not a problem to be fixed.
You’re a valuable human being worthy of care and love.
Yes, there is a lot you don’t have control over.
Your personal characteristics, your inborn personality, your body type, your health, the good or bad fortune of your circumstances.
And yes, you’re an imperfect human being.
But when faced with your human imperfection, you’ve got a choice.
You can either respond with self-kindness and self-care or with self-judgment and self-criticism.
I have a question.
What quality do you want to encourage in yourself, self-criticism or self-love?
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