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Compassion

By Lindsay Wrapson

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“If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practise compassion

– Dalai Lama

 

Compassion

I’ve read about compassion, heard about compassion and I have a general understanding of what compassion means. For those who may need that reminder:

Compassion

Noun

Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

The reason I’m writing about a word that I’ve known and acknowledged my whole life is because as much as I have understood it within a written or verbal context, and been compassionate to my friends and family, I’ve recently realised that I’m never really that compassionate to myself.

You’ll have heard the quote: “Talk to yourself like you would talk to your best friend.” Right?

Do you do this? When was the last time you made a mistake and were so critical of yourself? Brought yourself down? Or dealt with the situation negatively? I dare you to write it down and evaluate a ratio of how frequently you do this, and how often you accept the mistake and simply let it go. *If you are the latter then I salute you entirely.

I may be mega late to the party with this one, but who told us that it’s not ok to be compassionate to yourself? When did we decide to bully ourselves, rather than be our own best friend? I’ll hold my hands up and say I’m probably the gang leader to bringing myself down – and I hate that I do it.

It all boils down to how you talk to yourself, how you respond to your own inner dialogue and how you react. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself.

For every small thing that happens from now on, I want you to celebrate it. Make a mistake? That’s ok. Take a break, do some mindfulness? Feeling a bit down? That’s ok. Check in as you would with a friend. What’s really going on? How can you help you? What do you need? Indulge in the smallest things – that’s what life’s all about! Cliché, but true! Treat yourself.

To be compassionate is to show sympathy or concern for others. Sound good? Great. Now show sympathy or concern for your own sufferings or misfortunes. Stop being your own worst enemy and start being your own best friend.

…On that note, I hope that you, yes you, reading this remember to air punch to the ‘yay’ moments and celebrate every little victory. You go, girl (or guy).

 

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