Cultivating kindness is one of the most revolutionary things we can do for ourselves.
Anita, one of my regular Mindful Monday participants, shared this definition of self-compassion:
“Self-compassion – treating ourselves with kindness and understanding in the face of our mistakes and failures.”
She read this definition in The New York Times, printed it, and put it up on her desk. Maybe it helps you, too.
This definition of self-compassion makes a lot of sense to me – and is a great reminder to be less judgmental towards oneself and others. In the system of Reiki, “Just for today… be kind to yourself and others” is the fifth precept. When I first heard it in July 2015, a switch turned in my head.
Button: The Reiki Precepts
For perfectionists, treating ourselves with kindness and understanding when things don’t go as planned or we don’t reach a goal, doesn’t come easily. But we’re biologically wired to care. It’s an ability within us – and part of being human.
So just for today…
…. how can you be more gentle with yourself?
How can you be kind to yourself?
As you follow this invitation, you may notice that this makes you feel uncomfortable. That’s part of the process… and something a lot of people experience when they begin the journey of becoming mindful, choosing stillness, and going inwards. You’re not alone. Here’s an opportunity to explore this together:
May you experience kindness and compassion – today and every day.
About Andrea Deierlein & Thrive Reiki, LLC: Andrea's work specializes in helping people transform the pain of life challenges and daily adversity through the practice of Reiki. She helps people struggling with stress, anxiety and overwhelm, to relax, calm down and breathe again. Focusing on stress management and the mind-body-connection, her clients shift out of survival mode, build focus and resilience. Connect with her on www.thrivereiki.com or follow her on Instagram @andreadeierlein