His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said: "As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face difficulties."
In keeping with this line of thinking, an act of self-compassion would be one of self-support when something in your life feels difficult. There are many things you can do to drop into a self-compassionate stance when you are struggling. You can speak tenderly to yourself. You can stop pressuring yourself to "fix” the feeling, vowing instead to remain calm and wait for clarity to come. You can offer phrases of Metta (loving-kindness) to yourself. You can go outside and lift your face to the sky.
Instead of fighting with life as it arises, let us drop into life and flow with its rhythms by being kindly compassionate toward ourselves.
©2023, Janice L. Lundy
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.