The path beyond being harsh on yourself is the way of self-compassion.
I was reflecting on a recent speaking engagement and berating myself for not answering a question as clearly as I could have. Yes, such moments are invitations to learn but there I was being harsh about it.
I could have stayed under that negative cloud but instead chose the path of self-compassion.
As I mindfully recalled the engagement I visualized the audience – the engaged faces and body language, the insightful array of questions and people lingering to talk afterwards. As I gave thanks for those present I felt compassion for each person.
Yes, I had done a good job! I was able to be tender, appreciative and compassionate to myself for all that was done well. The harshness began to dissipate in the life-giving light of compassion. What will self-compassion reveal to you?
Acknowledge it when you are being harsh on yourself
Name the beauty in you and in what you do
Notice how the way of self-compassion quickens your delight in yourself and others.
Share a story about self-compassion here.
Share this Wake Up Call with a friend for a free subscription
A New Way to Be Human – available at Amazon, B&N and your local Indie book store.
©2014 Robert V. Taylor
Leave a Reply
Using Gravatars in the comments - get your own and be recognized!
XHTML: These are some of the tags you can use:
<a href=""> <b> <blockquote> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>