For Myself, Even When I Don’t Feel Like a Compassionate Person

Practicing compassion is great for the self, but it also builds expectation, and can lead to self-directed judgement when we don’t feel like a very compassionate version of ourselves. This practice is meant help diffuse self-judgement:

I practice compassion for myself, even when I don’t feel like a compassionate person

With compassion, I free myself from suffering
With compassion, I help myself find peace and feel safe in this world
With compassion, I create contentment in my life
With compassion, I inspire myself to flourish

With patience and good humour, I welcome my imperfections, even those that make me a less compassionate person
With sympathy, I feel for my suffering
With empathy, I mind what I’m feeling and try to understand why

For myself, I seek wisdom, even when I’m blinded by a lack of compassion
I nurture a broad perspective of who I am
I foster gratefulness for my mind and body
And I acknowledge that suffering and difficulties are part of being alive

Compassion is a mission to relieve suffering, imperfectly, and never done😌

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