Befriending, becoming a loving, understanding, and compassionate friend to yourself, is a powerful spiritual practice.
Befriending begins with holding an intention to live more kindly and gently with yourself. Are you able to do that?
Though intention and an attitude of loving-kindness towards yourself may not be enough. Befriending must be personified by acts of loving-kindness, tangible choices made on a moment-to-moment basis to do the kindest thing for you. Doing so is not a selfish act as some would say, but a self-aware one.
Learning to befriend myself has been a lifelong journey. It is the subject of my book, Living Gently with Myself, which you can learn more about here.
Gentle and timely reminders for the spiritual journey, because sometimes we forget or need a kind nudge back to Center.
Dr. Janice Lynne Lundy (PsyD, DMin, MPC)
is The Gerald May Professor of Spiritual Direction & Counseling at the Graduate Theological Foundation. She is an interspiritual director/mentor, educator and counselor who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for nearly thirty years.