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Cultivating Self-Compassion

~a love note from your Inner Wisdom

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Dear One,


I am writing to remind you of things you already know. It's hard to feel good about life when you feel bad about yourself. Judgment against yourself, in the form of beliefs that don't support you, is a major energy drain and instigator of negative emotions. You may think that the cause of your lethargy is in your circumstances or other people's behavior, but most often it is related to self-judgment and shame.


Choosing to believe the best of every person allows your mind to remain open and curious. This stance of receptive benevolence applies to you, too.


When you are feeling down and dejected, look within to notice if you are harboring judgmental beliefs about yourself, no matter how subtle. Then cultivate compassion for yourself by saying, "Of course, you did ________. You weren't feeling loved." This type of empathy is not meant to condone unskillful behavior, but rather to remove the condemnation associated with self-degradation.


Once you can embrace the wounded aspects of yourself with genuine validation, you free yourself to do the same for others, and you liberate your joy. In this way, you can more easily commit to exuding cheerfulness each day. Any kindness you offer to yourself, you are gifting to All That Is. There's only one of us here.


Remember, this moment is an opportunity to connect to Love and so to live into the fullness of who you are.

As always, do what best awakens you to Love, Your Inner Wisdom

 

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