PRACTICING COMPASSION

gift-present-christmas-xmas-largeHi friends!  It's almost Christmas, can you believe it?  I am definitely in the holiday spirit, and can't wait to spend lots of quality time with family and friends. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, this post is something that I think everyone can relate to.  The topic of compassion has been on my heart a lot lately, and keeps reoccurring, so I thought I'd share some thoughts on it.

I'm not sure if it's the holidays or maybe the gloomy weather, but I find that I'm being hardest on myself the most (isn't that usually the case though?).   For example, last week I had a complete breakdown, filled with tears and snot (TMI?), because I felt guilt ridden for buying gifts for my family, instead of donating to the Syrian refugees.  Then, a few days ago I had another meltdown because I made a mistake that caused me to lose money (which could have gone to a number of charities).  Don't get me wrong, I am all for "feeling the feelings," but I was being wayyy too hard on myself.  Like royally beating myself up!

Compassion affirmationThe day after meltdown number two, I was still feeling off, but at least felt a bit more level headed.  I decided to deepen the practice of what I teach and share with my clients: self-compassion!  Rather than thinking of compassion as pity, I like to think of it as extra kindness, care, and love.  Couldn't everyone use a bit more of that?  I gave myself an internal hug, practiced some self-care, and was extra gentle with myself.  After-all, I deserve to treat myself with just as much loving kindness as I would treat others.

So, my invitation to you, is to extend that compassion.  Whether it is to yourself, to crazy holiday drivers, or to anyone else experiencing tragedy.  Spread kindness, express joy, and be love.

Happy Holidays, and may you all have a wonderful time being compassionate!

xo.  Jen

P.S. I am taking this Friday (Christmas Day) off from blogging to spend time with family.  I will see you the following Monday.  xo.