A Healthier Way of Relating of Relating to Ourself

 

Tribeza2croppedhires-sKristen Neff’s website provides a useful resource on self-compassion.

 

See: http://www.self-compassion.org/

 

Her book, is one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time.

 

The research of Dr. Kristin Neff and others strongly suggests that people who are more self-compassionate lead healthier, more productive lives than those who are self-critical. And the feelings of security and self-worth provided by self-compassion are highly stable. Self-compassion steps in precisely when we fall down, allowing us to get up and try again.

 

There is generally a lack of self-compassion in our culture, so when things are difficult, we tend to beat ourselves up about feeling bad. The self-compassion break encourages us to acknowledge when we are suffering , to accept how we feel without judgement, and then acknowledge that other people are suffering as well in that moment.

 

David


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