I have always felt deep compassion for others, be it animals, people, or nature.
Throughout my life, the love that I have felt for others has often felt as though my heart would literally burst.
Being able to feel that level of compassion for myself, however, has been one of my life’s struggles.
It has always felt easier to do so for another than to do so for myself.
Having discovered that I have the Advocate Rescuer Archetype has given me such a deeper insight to myself.
She has a huge heart and embodies the spirit of the beautiful goddess of compassion Quan Yin.
She loves to help others, she stands up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, and she accepts those she meets for who they are without judgement.
One of her biggest lessons, however, is to show that same level of love, compassion, and acceptance to herself.
Learning to view and treat myself with compassion has been one of the greatest gifts that I have given to myself.
It has helped me to forgive myself for some really shitty choices and decisions that I have made in my life and as I have done that, I have been able to recognise that all of the choices that I have made has moulded me into the person I am today.
I like and value the person that I am today, and the commitment that I made to myself more than 6 years ago to rewire my negative self-talk and self-judgement is what supported me in doing so.
So how can you be more compassionate to yourself?
- When you find yourself criticising or judging yourself, stop and say “I am doing the best that I can”
- When the monkey mind is telling you all of the negative BS stop and say “I am enough”
- When you catch yourself beating yourself up for not doing something right or the way you think that you should have stop and say “I love and approve of myself”
These are just a few of the ways that I learned to become more compassionate with myself.
You too can make a commitment to yourself to shift the way that you treat yourself.
This is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to yourself.