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Cultivating Self-Compassion

One of my quirks is that if I see a worm moving on a sidewalk after the rain has ended and the sun is shining, I will pick it up and move it to a shady, soil-rich spot. I can’t NOT do this. The idea of allowing that worm to continue to writhe, drying out in the sun would haunt me for the rest of the day.

I know it’s probably silly. But it feels good to act on the compassion I experience whenever I see worms in this state.

Believe it or not, there are scientifically proven benefits of compassion. These benefits include:

· Happiness

· Attractiveness to others

· More health and longevity

· Boosting our mood

· It’s good for the environment (and saves worms)

What triggers compassion within you?

Is it listening to a friend share a difficult life story? When you see a homeless person? How about if you see an animal suffering? If someone in a movie is crying, do you feel compelled to cry too?

Compassion for others seems to come fairly easily for most of us. But how do you do with self-compassion?

So many of my clients express that they struggle with self-compassion. They’re afraid that they’ll be seen as selfish or that they’ll lose the drive and motivation to keep pushing toward their goals.

Cultivating self-compassion is one of the biggest ways to develop emotional resilience, according to self-compassion expert Kristin Neff. Self-compassion is a major antidote to insecurity and self-doubt. And it can help us move through anything that causes us to suffer. Self-compassion also makes us more successful in life overall, according to research!

But what if it’s hard to direct compassion toward ourselves?

That’s what I talk about in this episode of Growing in Uncertainty- ways to develop self-compassion so that we don’t get STUCK in self-deprecation!

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