Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.
Self-compassion is the practice of being a kind, helpful, and encouraging friend to yourself in any circumstance. Self-compassion is generous and unconditional. Self-compassion calls forth our most noble and caring qualities: courage, acceptance, patience, understanding, nonjudgment, sympathy, soothing, and generosity. Self-compassion reflects an ability to acknowledge and remain present with whatever is happening inside us, even if the feelings are very painful. It adds the dimension of mindfulness skills, as we practice relating to ourselves in a caring way no matter what happens.
~Rachel Goldsmith Turow
"Empathy versus Sympathy" by Brené Brown
animated (run time 2 mins 54 secs) very funny 😊
"Mindfulness During a Time of Crisis" podcast
The importance of mindfulness during a pandemic, or any crisis, is just so important . . . yet, we often tend to do the opposite and get swept right up in the momentum of the threat. We reside in the "what if's" of the future, catastrophizing and rehearsing the solutions to problems that don't exist.
Meanwhile, our valuable life minutes are slipping through our finger tips . . . and we can
never get these back, ever. Residing in the past or future derails focus, creativity, and productivity as well as keeps us from being emotionally available to those we love and ourselves.
Being fully present also leads to a calm and joyful mind.
Life is now in session.
Kimberly Quinn, Ph.D.
Wizard of Well-being
Well-being & Success
Cupboard Next to the Stairs (Joyce 202)