Self-compassion means you are kind and understanding towards yourself. Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others, yet for whatever reason, it can often be the most challenging!
We have to live with ourselves every second, of every moment, of every day. We know how hard it is! It is human nature to make profound and meaningful mistakes. Yet, in the sorrow of our darkest experiences, we are the ones who have to live with ourselves through it all. Being human is not easy. We peer out through the eyes of the Self, and we find every reason to judge ourselves and be down on ourselves. Why? Because we don’t know anything else. But it is for this exact reason that we should be that much more loving toward ourselves, for when we take a step back, we know how hard it can be. In the luminous glow of this insight, we can find more reason to be in awe and gratitude of what we are capable of!
The Dalai Lama says: “If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not capable of developing compassion for others.”
These Personal Power-Ups and Compassion Games, directed towards nourishing the Self, are intended to ignite and awaken the spark of compassion in our own wild and precious hearts, to sustain us and remind us of our intrinsic wholeness. It begins first with oneself, starting from within, and then naturally for others and for the whole Earth.