Compassion is the capacity to respond to difficulty (our own or others’) with kindness, empathy, and understanding. It arises from accepting our humanity and acknowledging that we are forever in a process of growing and learning.
Inspiration for deepening your compassion practice
Notice when you’re judging yourself or another, and, instead, consider the complex conditions and circumstances that contributed to this moment.
Place your hands over your heart and offer yourself gentleness.
Notice when you want to critique or punish yourself or another; instead, explore what kind of support is needed.
Notice when you’re avoiding, ignoring, or denying pain; instead, offer tenderness.
Notice when you’re demanding or expecting perfection; instead, accept things as they are in this moment.
Try the Self-Compassion meditation in the Relationship with Self Series in the Calm app
What area in my life needs my compassion?