Living with your Heart Wide Open: Cultivating Self-Compassion

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Self-compassion entails softening around the heart and giving yourself a break from self-judgment with kindness and caring.
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Understand that criticizing yourself (or others) is a source of suffering and is an entirely optional activity of the thinking mind.
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It may not seem like it at this time, but as you travel the path of mindfulness and self-compassion, you’ll eventually discover that there is much more right with you than there is wrong.
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Sometimes we can find what’s right and wholesome and worthwhile within us only after we’ve opened to and allowed ourselves to feel the pain we’ve been avoiding.
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The site of a wound is eventually the place of healing, and the way a heart mends is no less wondrous than the way a skinned knee mends.
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If you attend your wounded heart with compassion, the healing will tend to itself.
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If you attend your wounded heart with negative judgment, it will stoke the flames of suffering.
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