Why is it that so many of us sensitive souls can have such extreme compassion and empathy for the people and situations around us … but at the same time struggle so deeply to have compassion for ourselves?
You are love.
And you are therefore lovable.
If you’re struggling with self-criticism today, here are 5 tips to help you find self-compassion:
1. Heal the wounds that give your inner-critic power!
2. Remind yourself that you are human … you were never meant to be perfect!
You are not always going to be perfect.
Life is not always going to feel good.
You’re going to make mistakes.
Sometimes you’re going to wander off of the path of your heart … You’re going to do things you know aren’t right for you … And despite knowing better, you’ll fall into old patterns of self-criticism and judgment from time to time.
3. Shift your attention to something else
To do this, start by taking a few deep breaths. Bring all of your attention to your breath. Can you feel the breath moving through your nostrils? Can you feel your chest and tummy rise and fall? Gently slow your breath down.
Now, focus on something around you that is beautiful or makes you feel good. Keep breathing and notice all of the reasons that this thing in your environment is beautiful to you.
4. Fact check that critical voice!
5. Love yourself as you are
Take a moment to drop into your heart. Close your eyes. Allow your awareness to soften into your body as you focus on your breath rising and falling. As you inhale, notice the sensations in your body from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. As you exhale, accept whatever sensations are present with tenderness. Allow yourself to be exactly as you are in this moment.
Begin to play with the assumption that you are beloved and worthy beyond measure. That your needs and desires are beautiful. That the depths of your heart is the most sacred place on Earth.
Remember: you are human. Remember: you are divine.
I pray that you might live grounded in the knowing of your true beauty and inherent worthiness …that you might allow your heart to soften into compassion for every aspect of yourself … and that you might replace your self-criticism with self-love more and more every day. 💖💖💖