- Notice that you are suffering, with kindness rather than harsh self-judgement
- Recognising that suffering is part of common humanity, we are not alone in this experience
- Using Mindfulness to see things clearly, as they are, no more and no less.
Feeling is believing
Before going into the extensive scientific research basis for Self-Compassion, she gets us to try powerful gestures which demonstrate the experience of self compassion and the felt sense in the body. Do try these for yourself as you watch, it's so compelling.
What are some reasons for developing a Self-compassion practice?
Self-compassion is negatively linked to depression, rumination, anxiety, stress, perfectionism, shame and negative body image. Conversely it's linked to well-being states including happiness, connection, confidence, optimism and life satisfaction.
You can take Kristin's Self-Compassion Test on her website: