Self Compassion - Tool #1
The journey toward self compassion began when my kids were in school. I had some room to breathe and take stock.
I knew that I was tired of being so hard on myself. The things I'd say to myself I'd never say to another human..so why did I say them to my Self?
Things like: You're a gargantuan. You're an Amazon. You're dumb. You're unsuccessful. You're not pretty. You're awkward. You're not in shape. Who do you think you are?
This is just some of the lovely repertoire I would heap on myself. And I was tired....so tired. In my insides, I knew there had to be a better way.
So I designed and treated myself to a year of Self Compassion. I did so many interesting things. And over the course of the next couple of weeks, I'll share some of them with you.
First up. Start noticing what you say. Can you catch yourself when the harsh critic attacks?
And then, can you start to replace the voice's comment with something kinder?
Voice: OMG I'm so stupid.
Self Compassion Voice: You may not know the answer right now, but you'll figure it out. You're resourceful and brilliant.
The key is in the catch. And it's in the replacement. Because the voices run rampant like a bull in a china shop.
Give it a shot.