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Building on this week’s breaking the good girl myth podcast, let’s explore the practice of mindful self-compassion.

Self-compassion is treating ourselves with the same tenderness we’d show toward a dear friend, a sick child, or a sweet little puppy that we’re training. Think gentle, gentle, gentle.

According to Dr. Kristin Neff, co-creator of Mindful Self-Compassion, there are three practices of self-compassion.

  1.  Self-Kindness vs. Self-Judgment. This means treating ourselves with tenderness when we misstep.
  2. Common Humanity vs. Isolation. This means recognizing that all humans suffer and we’re not alone in the struggle.
  3. Mindfulness vs. Over-Identification. This means noticing our thoughts and feelings without judgement. For example, “I’m experience anger” versus “I’m angry.”

Consider implementing self-compassion by treating yourself with kindness, recognizing your common humanity, and practicing mindfulness with your emotions.

Be gentle with yourself. You’re human and you’re doing a great job at it! Bisous. x

PS Here’s an mp3 I recorded to walk you through a simple, yet profound practice. Here’s more practices from Dr. Kristin Neff.