Self-compassion is a key ingredient to our overall physical, mental and emotional well-being. When we are kinder and more accepting of ourselves, it opens the door to greater happiness and peace of mind. As a mindfulness coach I help my clients develop and blend both the practices of mindfulness and self-compassion. If you are looking to learn how to develop a kinder and more accepting relationship with yourself, my coaching program and webinar may be just what you need! Read more to discover what mindful self-compassion entails and reach out to Greg Klym Coaching to get started today.
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Relationship With Ourselves
We all have a relationship with ourselves. It can be complex and is often changing. One minute we’re supportive and accepting, while in the next minute there can be harshness and judgment. When we actively practice being kinder and more gracious with ourselves, that relationship can absolutely flourish. In fact, self-compassion can help set the stage for better health, extra confidence and self-esteem, better relationships, performance enhancement, and even career success. Emma Seppala from The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education states when we become more understanding and gentler towards ourselves, we become stronger and more successful in the long run.
The practice of mindfulness teaches us to not judge or criticize our thoughts or feelings, but simply notice them as they come up with an attitude of kindness and curiosity. The ability to become more aware is one of the key principles of mindfulness-based self-compassion. When we are mindful, we can be more aware of our thoughts and emotions and how they influence our actions. We’re also able to better identify whether our inner narrative is supportive and uplifting, or negative and limiting. This insight shows us that we have a choice in what we give our attention to and that we can take an active role in creating a healthier relationship with ourselves.
Being self-compassionate means we are patient and more gentle with ourselves when things go wrong. We treat ourselves with kindness, just as we would a friend or loved one. When we make mistakes, instead of beating ourselves up over it, self-compassion allows us to see the situation for what it is: something that happens to everyone at some point. We can see a challenging situation when we fail to meet expectations as a shared human experience and an opportunity to learn and grow, rather than a reason to feel shame or anger. Self-compassion is an active practice that takes steady and consistent practice to grow within us.
The Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion
It's important to understand that although self-compassion is aimed at creating a better relationship with ourselves, it doesn't mean we shouldn't hold ourselves accountable when necessary. Cultivating self-compassion is a form of strength, not weakness. The key is finding balance. We don’t want to be too hard on ourselves or too lenient. There needs to be that middle ground between cutting ourselves some slack when needed and pushing our edges with staying motivated, striving, and growing as human beings. Greg Klym Coaching can help you achieve a nice balance of Yin and Yang.