By now you know what an evangelist I am about self-compassion and compassion.
The new issue of my online magazine/community, "Meditate Like A Girl," gave me a wonderful opportunity to share one of my most poignant encounters with self-compassion.
I haven't written much about this episode of my life until now. Truthfully, in the early days, it felt like a source of embarrassment. How could someone who teaches about mindfulness and good self-care not practice what they preach?
What I've come to understand is that "having a problem" is not a sign of failure. It is an invitation from the Universe—indeed, from our wise self—to go deeper.
To peel back another layer of ego self and delusion.
To let go of what causes suffering.
To embrace new practices that allow self-healing.
To continue to give birth to ourself over and over again.
I decided to write about my own struggle with self-compassion (circa 2008) as the subject of my July Editorial at MLAG.
Here is the link to read it: "How Self-Compassion Saved My Life."
I hope it speaks to you, nudges you too into greater self-compassion, for, as the Buddha taught, "If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete."
With metta (loving-kindness),
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.