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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?

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
— Wendy Mass