Read this as great starting point in starting your self-compassion practice: 25 Women Writer’s Share Their Best Self-Compassion Tips. It’s based on the Self-Compassion Saturday series by Jill Salahub.
You might also like an interview about The Self-Compassion Project on Psychology Today.
These are some quotes I’ve gathered that offer a good “feel” for self-compassion. These are all books I’ve used in my self-compassion project.
From Christopher Germer’s book, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion:
“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”
“Self-compassion soothes the mind like a loving friend who’s willing to listen to our difficulties without giving advice, until we can sort out our problems for ourselves.”
From Kristin Neff’s book, Self-Compassion:
“Self-compassion entails three core components. First, it requires self-kindness, that we be gentle and understanding with ourselves rather than harshly critical and judgmental. Second, it requires recognition of our common humanity, feeling connected with others in the experience of life rather than feeling isolated and alienated by our suffering. Third, it requires mindfulness-that we hold our experience in balanced awareness, rather than ignoring our pain or exaggerating it. We must achieve and combine these three essential elements in order to be truly self-compassionate.”
From Tara Brach’s book, Radical Acceptance:
“Feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance.”
From Rick Hanson’s book, Just One Thing:
“You can have compassion for yourself-which is not self-pity. You’re simply recognizing that ‘this is tough, this hurts,’ and bringing the same warmhearted wish for suffering to lessen or end that you would bring to any dear friend grappling with the same pain, upset, or challenges as you.”
From Kelly McGonigal’s book, The Willpower Instinct:
“Self-compassion-being supportive and kind to yourself, especially in the face of stress and failure-is associated with more motivation and better self-control.”
“We all have the tendency to believe self-doubt and self-criticism, but listening to this voice never gets us closer to our goals. Instead, try on the point of view of a mentor or good fiend who believes in you, wants the best for your, and will encourage you when you feel discouraged.”
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Such a beautiful theme for a blog (and very much needed). Wishing you a lovely year 2013!
Thank you! I just found your blog and commented there.
It seems that you and I share similar interests in authors. I look forward to reading more.
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Just came across this and it resonated with me so much! I have been working on myself for a few years now. This is a great blog post. I have been struggling with personal issues for 10 years and have found reaching out online to seek the advice of others has helped me through the good and bad time. I have always had relationship issues and have started to follow the advice of Dr. Robi Ludwig. I saw her on a tv show once and I really appreciated her take on current psychological issues. She has written two books but my favorite book is with Your Best Age is Now I have read it and loved it! I highly recommend it to anyone out there struggling. Here is a link to her book: