Self-compassion is the ability to treat ourselves the way we might naturally treat others who are suffering. We might place a hand on a friend’s shoulder and say some kind words of acknowledgement and encouragement. We can also do this for ourselves, becoming an inner ally instead of an inner enemy. We do not thrive on criticism, so why do we think our harsh inner words will be motivating?
In mindful presence,
Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you're good enough, self-compassion asks, what's good for you?...So why is self-compassion a more effective motivator than self-criticism? Because its driving force is love, not fear.
Lori Furbush teaches Qigong, Yin Yoga, & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She weaves MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION into every moment.