The three key components of Self-Compassion are Self-Kindness, Common Humanity, and Mindfulness. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.
Self-Kindness allows us to treat ourselves as we would treat a dear friend or loved one when we experience feelings of disappointment, inadequacy, or failure. With Self-Kindness we are able to care for, and soothe ourselves in difficult moments.
Common Humanity is recognizing that our emotions and struggles are universal, and part of being human. Our shared interconnectedness enables us to realize that we are not alone.
Mindfulness increases our present-moment awareness so that we can accept each experience more objectively, and with greater clarity.
Self-Compassion is about making a “You-Turn” and befriending yourself. Learn how to treat yourself more like someone you love by cultivating a gentle curiosity about your inner experience, and motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism. Self-Compassion allows us to admit our shortcomings, helps us to cope with difficult emotions, and forgive ourselves when needed. It helps us increase emotional strength and resilience, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Research shows that Self-Compassion is associated with greater happiness and well-being, decreased anxiety and depression, healthier lifestyle habits and improved personal relationships. AND, Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone!