Self Compassion

Are you compassionate? How do you express it? Do you express compassion toward other people? How about compassion for yourself? Hmmmm…..that’s a different story.

Most of us believe we are, or we try to be, compassionate towards other people, especially in their times of stress or misfortune. Well, if we can feel and express our compassion towards others, why is it so hard to feel compassion, forgiveness and love for ourselves?

Your life has been “imperfect,” and so has mine. Why are you able to show me sympathy and compassion when I do something wrong, but you’re so incredibly hard on yourself for your mistakes? Does that make sense? It certainly isn’t fair to you or to the people with whom you share your daily journey.

If you could hear my story, you may understand my actions, reactions and inactions better. If I could hear your story, I may understand yours better. Nobody knows your story better than you, so give yourself a break and give yourself credit for getting through some pretty hard times.

Show yourself the compassion that you seek  from others. Forgive yourself.  Give yourself the love that only you can give to yourself.